JUNEAU, Alaska — A state elections official expects a proposal to require legislative approval of large-scale mining activity in the Bristol Bay region to be certified next month.
A Division of Elections' tally shows the proposed "Bristol Bay Forever" initiative had gotten more qualified signatures than required. But division director Gail Fenumiai (feh-NEW'-me-eye) says the verification process wasn't finished yet and the proposal hasn't yet been officially certified to appear on next year's ballot. She says she expects that to happen around mid-December.
The proposal would require legislative approval for a "large-scale metallic sulfide mining operation." That's defined as a mining proposal to extract metals including gold and copper from sulfide-bearing rock and directly disturb at least 640 acres of land.
It would almost certainly have bearing on the proposed Pebble Mine project.