A Federal judge quashed several subpoenas issued by Pebble Limited Partnership in their attempt to access private communications from several Pebble Mine opponents. The judge ruled them “unreasonable,” irrelevant,” and a violation of the First Amendment.
The 1991 Exxon Valdez settlement case ended in October when the State and US Governments dropped their reopener claim filed in 2006.
Pebble subpoenas are being sent to over 60 individuals, tribes, Native Corporations, Universities, retail companies and conservation groups in its attempt to stop EPA from shutting down the proposed mine.
Fifty years of unrestricted, year-round Army training bombing extensively contaminated Eagle River Flats and resulted in large-scale bird mortality. Public outcry and a lawsuit filed by Trustees for Alaska resulted in bombing restrictions that have been incredibly successful in protecting birds. Now, the Army seeks to resume bombing already proven to wreak ecological havoc.
Update on two different Pebble Mine legal cases involving EPA. Pebble’s challenge to EPA’s authority is dismissed, but a FACA case is allowed to go forward.