FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: State Holds Pebble Partnership Accountable for Mess in Bristol Bay

Tribes call State of Alaska’s decision a good first step to hold company accountable for hazards at Pebble exploration site.

For the first time in over a decade of exploration, Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources is placing much needed conditions on a land use permit associated with the Pebble Mine. Robert Heyano, President of the United Tribes of Bristol Bay released the following statement:

“We are thankful that the Department of Natural Resources took a hard look at what was happening at the Pebble mine site, rather than simply rubber stamping these permits as was done in the past. A performance guarantee for 2 million dollars and limiting the permit to one year with 2017 field work is unprecedented permit conditions by DNR in the history of the Pebble Partnership in Alaska. These permit conditions are an important first step in ensuring that Bristol Bay’s people, communities, and businesses remain confident that our public lands are being looked after and cared for by state government. The broad bipartisan support for these permit conditions demonstrates that the majority of Alaskans still are in opposition to the Pebble Mine. We applaud the Walker Administration for being the first administration to hold Pebble accountable and we hope to see further leadership in ending this toxic project.”


United Tribes of Bristol Bay is a tribal consortium working to protect the Yup’ik, Denai’na, and Alutiq way of life and the Bristol Bay watershed from large-scale mining. Learn more about our work at