People gather for a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The rally was organized by The Alaska Center, an Anchorage-based environmental organization. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

People gather for a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. The rally was organized by The Alaska Center, an Anchorage-based environmental organization. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Live: Rally to stop Pebble Mine permitting happening outside Sen. Murkowski’s office

Live coverage of the Juneau “No Pebble Mine” rally.

12:45 p.m.

The rally is pretty much over at this point, there were three speakers: Lindsey Bloom, Joe Geldof and Frank Rue. Stay tuned for our full article about the event.

12:35 p.m.

Joe Geldof has the mic.

Joe Geldhof speaks against Pebble Mine. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Joe Geldhof speaks against Pebble Mine. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

12:30 p.m.

Here’s Lindsey Bloom, wrapping up:

Lindsey Bloom of Salmon State gives a speech at the “No Pebble Mine” rally. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Lindsey Bloom of Salmon State gives a speech at the “No Pebble Mine” rally. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

12:25 p.m.

Here’s video of one of the speakers, Lindsey Bloom on Salmon State:

12:20 p.m.

Guy Archibald, staff scientist for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, is one of the faces in the crowd at the rally. He said his opposition to the mine is the incremental stress it would put on the environment. “It’s the wrong mine in the wrong place,” he said. He said it’s time for Murkowski to decide if she stands with Alaskans or a foreign mining company.

12:15 p.m.

Here’s a few pics and video of the scene.

Patrick Kearney gathers for a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Patrick Kearney gathers for a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

12:10 p.m.

There are about 35 protesters outside, and Juneau resident Nola Lamken was one of the first people to show up. She said her opposition to Pebble Mine is its potential impact on salmon runs.

Noon

Ralliers today are organizing in Juneau as part of a statewide No Pebble Mine Rally organized by environmental nonprofit The Alaska Center.

Public comment for the Army Corps of Engineers’ Draft Environmental Impact Statement closes in July, so rally-goers are voicing their opposition to the proposed open-pit mine near Bristol Bay. They’re gathering in front of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office.

Other rally sites this week are Soldotna, Anchorage, Wasilla and Fairbanks.

Previously, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the Energy and Water Appropriations Act that would suspend funding for Pebble Mine permitting in Fiscal Year 2020, and Alaska Center hopes the Senate will do the same.

Stay tuned for live coverage of the event.


• Contact reporter Ben Hohenstatt at (907)523-2243 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BenHohenstatt.


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