AGDC to Mat Su “You can’t handle the truth”; Sweeney to lobby against Pebble

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AGDC criticizes Mat-Su Borough for ‘factual and legal errors’
Larry Persily, February 18, 2019

The state’s gas pipeline development corporation and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough continue debating the worthiness of the borough’s Port MacKenzie property for the proposed Alaska LNG project, as the state’s latest filing with federal regulators accuses the borough of “factual and legal errors.” The borough’s most recent comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) “simply nit-pick (erroneously, in many instances) around the edges,” the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. (AGDC) told federal regulators Feb. 13. The corporation has not strayed from its choice of Nikiski on Cook Inlet as the best site for the gas liquefaction plant and export terminal. The borough, however, is contesting the state-led project’s evaluation of Port MacKenzie at the entrance to Knik Arm, across from Anchorage, about 65 air miles northeast of Nikiski.

Alaska’s new governor stays mum on Pebble mine
Dylan Brown, Greenwire, February 18, 2019

Alaska’s new Republican governor, Mike Dunleavy, hasn’t taken a public stance on the proposed Pebble mine, despite his “open for business” approach to the state’s resources. But plenty of people think they already know how he feels: The company behind the project rejoiced after Dunleavy’s election, and many anti-Pebble activists presume he favors the controversial proposed gold and copper mine. “It is clear Gov. Dunleavy has been a proponent of the Pebble project,” United Tribes of Bristol Bay Executive Director Alannah Hurley said.

Our Take: A bit surprised this morning to learn that Bristol Bay Today has hired former Murkowski staffer Kevin Sweeney to lobby against the project.


Glencore to Cut Production at Major Copper, Cobalt Mine
Scott Patterson, The Wall Street Journal, February 19, 2019

Glencore PLC plans to curb production at one of its biggest copper and cobalt mining operations, Mutanda Mining Sarl in Congo, according to people familiar with the matter, potentially taking a sizable portion of two important industrial metals out of circulation.

Our Take: We know an excellent source of domestic copper…