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Anti-Pebble Super PAC Formed

A new super PAC that has amassed $600,000 from a single group says it will back federal candidates who support protections for Bristol Bay and who oppose the proposed Pebble mine project in Southwest Alaska.

Alaskans for Bristol Bay Action said Monday that it will focus on additional fundraising to support candidates in the upcoming election cycle.

Former Alaska Senate President Rick Halford, a Republican and longtime opponent of the proposed mine, is senior adviser for the new political action committee.

The committee was created in February, according to the Federal Elections Commission.

The Pebble mine has suffered regulatory setbacks under the Trump and Biden administrations, and the Environmental Protection Agency has launched a process that opponents hope could stop it forever.

Still, the copper and gold project remains alive. If it’s built, critics fear it will destroy the valuable Bristol Bay salmon fishery, while developer Pebble Limited Partnership says the project will protect the environment and promote economic development.

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