The corps had received comments arguing against an extension and comments urging more time. Notably, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski last month requested extending the comment period to 120 days. Snyder: “I think the average Alaskan will assume that because the Army Corps. is putting it forward that it is mostly complete. You can comment on the website, but there are a lot of things missing from this draft EIS. So, the time extension, while nice, does not address many of the key deficiencies. But, it does give folks 30 more days to understand what’s in the EIS, What’s not in the EIS, and the effects it could have on Bristol Bay.” Murkowski cited the draft’s length and complexity and need to ensure Alaskans can provide “meaningful feedback” on it. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Proponents of the proposed Pebble Mine spoke about the impacts on Bristol Bay’s Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kenai Peninsula Economy to a joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers extended the public comment period for the draft environmental review of a proposed copper and gold mine in Bristol Bay region from 90 to 120 days. The comment period is now set to run through June 29. Sam Snyder, PhD: “This is a mine in a size and type that we haven’t seen before. It is perfectly situated at the headwaters of the worlds most productive sockeye salmon fishery. By putting a mine like this in a place like that I think we are inviting potential disaster. Disaster aside we are guaranteeing impacts that will have long term ramifications to the local fishery.” Public comments submitted in person, online or by mail will help inform the final EIS, estimated for release in early 2020.