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The Pebble Partnership Newsletter



March/April 2013



Tailings Storage Facility Science Fair Project Wins First Place



Message from the President



Building Business Partnerships



Employee Spotlight: Wade Lawrence


Geology Q & A


How do we know the Pebble Deposit is approximately 90 million years old?

Answer: To directly date Pebble’s mineralization, the Rhenium-Osmium dating system is used. Like other elements, Rhenium decays to form Osmium at a known rate. Measuring the amount of Osmium in molybdenite (molybdenum-bearing mineral) gives us a more precise age for when the ore body formed.


Mining Fact


In 2010, the total direct and indirect economic impact of U.S. mining was valued at $2.4 trillion. Mining brings employment, government revenues and opportunities for economic growth and diversification. Click Here for more information.


Safety Tip


When building business partnerships, it is important to consider the safety culture of all parties involved. A strong business relationship should support a safety management system that is effective and balanced between the partners.

Businesses that are constantly searching for ways to improve safety practices are often looked at as a good investment for the future.


Green Star Tip


Research shows that by unplugging “vampire appliances” (electronics like cell phone chargers, TVs and printers) when not in use, you can save up to $200 on your family’s annual energy bill.


Pebble Environmental Baseline Document (EBD)


Did you know that the Pebble Environmental Baseline Document (EBD) represents one of the most extensive scientific research programs ever conducted for a mining project?

Compiled by independent scientific experts, the EBD includes a wide variety of studies from mammals to minerals in both the Bristol Bay and Cook Inlet regions. Click Here to explore the EBD.


Tailings Storage Facility Science Fair Project Wins First Place


For nearly a decade, the Faulkner family has flown over the Pebble Deposit never realizing that one day their family’s flight pattern would become the basis for a science fair project.

Clare Faulkner is an active singer and swimmer, and an 8th grade honor student at Central Middle School. This year, Faulkner’s science fair submission – Which Tailing Dam is Least Likely to Fail During an Earthquake – illustrates tailing storage facilities and the impacts of earthquakes on three different types of construction: upstream, downstream and centerline.

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Message from the President


At Pebble, as with many organizations, our values define our corporate culture, create a sense of purpose and provide direction for employees and inform other stakeholders.

When building relationships, partnerships are formed and our values are put into action. For example, ‘listen before we act’ and ‘building sustainable

From the beginning, the Partnership has taken careful steps to build relationships – the establishment of the Pebble Fund, developing a scholarship Program, contributing to a multi-year endowment to the University of Alaska Native Science Engineering Program, and the creation of the Elder’s Advisory Committee. That said, we’ve taken these steps because we care about the communities where our stakeholders live and work. These programs, in addition to many more, help pave the way for success for generations to come.

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Building Business Partnerships

Charisse Arce, two-time Pebble Scholarship recipient  

Earlier this year, the Pebble Partnership Business Development team hosted seven individuals from five Alaska Native Village Corporations at the National 8(a) Winter Conference in Orlando, Florida. Pebble representatives and guests networked with industry professionals, met government representatives and attended training sessions related to the National 8(a) Program.

The business goal of the trip was to introduce Alaska Native Village Corporation representatives to other 8(a) organizations. By doing so, Pebble is helping build business experience for our partners and leveraging long-term diversification efforts to help achieve sustainability.

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Employee Spotlight: Wade Lawrence

Warren Nicolet  

A Pebble employee who takes pride in his work and is always willing to help others.

What is your position with Pebble?
Currently, I am the Pebble Core Yard Supervisor. I oversee all shop and yard activities and assist senior management in day-to-day activities.

When did you start working for Pebble?
I’ve been with Pebble for more than nine years – beginning as a consultant, then working my way into the core yard.

What does the Pebble culture mean to you?
During my time with Pebble, there have been numerous changes – for example, our safety culture. As a result of site manager efforts, consistent communication and improvements to internal processes, Pebble’s safety culture has grown, is strong, and is now part of our corporate fabric. As a company, I believe we have really applied what it means to think, act and work safely. Everybody – from Pebble consultants and contractors to Pebble employees – looks after one other and it shows.

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Knowledge Transfer

Traveling Advice:
Spring is officially here! Longer days and warming weather draws many to favorite lakes for ice fishing, to hills for hunting, and the coastal ice-edge for sea food. To ensure your safety:

  • Draft a travel plan or tell a family member
  • If possible, don’t travel alone, and never leave your traveling partner
  • Educate yourself about hazardous open creeks and rivers that melt fast
  • Always bring additional food, supplies and fuel when traveling
  • Know the area and the weather, but more importantly, know yourself
Myth Buster

MYTH: The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) does not use subsistence as planning criteria in the Bristol Bay Area Plan.

FACT: DNR manages state lands to ensure there is sufficient food, water and space for wildlife while Fish & Game regulates harvest of the animals on that land.

Generally, subsistence is an allowed activity on state lands. Area plans like the Bristol Bay Area Plan do not affect generally allowed uses. Requesting that DNR manage subsistence as part of an area plan is asking the agency to use the plan for a purpose which it cannot legitimately serve.

Subsistence is an important part of life throughout Alaska. In addition to providing food to get families through long, tough winters, subsistence provides an opportunity to pass down traditional knowledge and important cultural values.



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