There are no roads leading to the Pebble Deposit. For more than a decade, everything we’ve done in the area has been supported by helicopter. As you might imagine, though, using helicopters to move 80 billion pounds of copper isn’t economically viable. If our permits are approved and the mine project goes forward, part of developing the Pebble Deposit would involve building a deepwater port for ships to dock, and a transportation route to move the equipment, people and supplies to and from the mine site.
Currently, the revised overall plan for Pebble is significantly smaller – reduced by 50 percent from designs considered in the past. This reduced footprint applies to the newly proposed and more direct Transportation Corridor, which would have the following benefits:
- Less wetlands affected
- Dramatic reduction in culverts, stream crossings, bridges, and overall road area compared to a corridor around the lake
- Minimized environmental impact – more than a 50% reduction in environmental impact as compared with the EPA study
The newly proposed and more condensed Transportation Corridor is comprised of a road from the mine site to a ferry landing on the north shore of Iliamna Lake, and an ice-breaking ferry across Iliamna Lake to a ferry landing on the south shore near the village of Kokhanook. The proposed road continues southeast to the Amakdedori port site on the western shore of Cook Inlet.
Did you know that more than 60% of land in Alaska, or 222 million acres, are controlled by federal agencies? To put that in perspective, federal lands in Alaska account for one-third of all federal lands in the United States – larger than the state of Texas, bigger than the combination of 15 eastern states stretching from Maine to South Carolina, and larger than Oregon, California, and Washington combined.