House Resources Co-Chairs Comment on EPA's Pebble News
Feige, Saddler say federal agency’s latest effort to block development further harms Alaska, circumvents judicial process
Friday, July 18, 2014, Anchorage, Alaska – The Co-Chairs of the Alaska House Resources Committee issued the following statements today upon learning of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest attempt to block development of the proposed Pebble Deposit in Southwest Alaska.
“Blatant. The Agency is currently being sued by the developers, who are seeking court approval to stop them from over-reaching their authority before the companies can even follow the prescribed process. I am, sadly, not surprised to learn of this new attempt, which borders on a ‘taking’ of state resources,” Representative Eric Feige, R-Chickaloon, said. “Given the report of the EPA inspector general and the collusion between national environmental organizations and the EPA – and the now common ‘I lost the emails’ excuse – we’re certainly within our rights to push back and protect the state’s interests. We’ll review their latest plan, continue to monitor the situation closely, and continue to also ask Alaskans to make their voice heard. I thank the Governor for supporting the companies’ suit, and our delegation in Washington, D.C. for continuing to try and hold EPA administrators accountable. Actions like these should not be allowed by the so-called gatekeepers of our lands. Let the process continue without games.”
“The EPA’s latest effort shows a complete lack of respect to the judicial process and for their own processes for reviewing and permitting industrial operations. This is a slap in the face to the State of Alaska, the developers and those who wish to see responsible development lead to a bettering of our economy,” Representative Dan Saddler, R-JBER/Eagle River, said. “While we review the newest proposal, I agree with my Co-Chair that Alaskans must get involved and let the EPA know that its meddlesome actions will not just hurt our economy, but further erode our trust in their intentions. The EPA should not be able to change the rules of the game as they see fit, or when they meet with objections.”
A copy of the latest EPA proposal, which would restrict all discharge of dredged or fill material, among other things, is available here.