Group organizes to support Pebble Mine

Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2007

Add a new group to the Pebble Mine debate. Last week at a meeting of the Resource Development Council in Anchorage, Dick Cattanach, executive director of the Associated General Contractors, announced the formation of Truth About Pebble, a nonprofit organization “to inform and educate Alaskans about the Pebble Project,” he said in a press release.

Cattanach chairs the board of directors — a board that includes former Homer Rep. Gail Phillips. Phillips is vice chairman.

“This is a project that could generate billions of dollars in investment and thousands of jobs for generations of Alaskans in a region of our state that urgently requires economic development,” Cattanach said. “(It’s) just too important for it not to receive a full and impartial hearing under Alaskan law.”

“For anyone to tell Alaskans that we can’t responsibly develop our own resources, and that companies shouldn’t be encouraged to invest in our state, is an affront to all of us,” Phillips said.

Truth About Pebble is supported by many mining and contracting companies, including Alaska Builders and Contractors, Arctic Consulting, Associated General Contractors, Iliamna Development Corp. and Northern Dynasty Mines Inc.

Scott Brennan, chief operating officer of the Renewable Resources Coalition, said he wasn’t surprised by the new organization.

He cited Northern Dynasty’s public opinion poll that showed 45 percent of Alaskans support the Pebble Project.

“They’ve had to make this faux, Astroturf grass-roots organization to create the illusion of public support,” he said.

Truth About Pebble has a Web site providing information about the project and includes links like “Facts vs. Myths” examining various assertions. For more information, visit www.truthaboutpebble.org.



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