High court clears way for Bristol Bay initiative

ANCHORAGE — The Alaska Supreme Court has cleared the way for an initiative that would require legislative approval for major mining operations in the Bristol Bay watershed, like the proposed Pebble Mine.
 
The court issued a brief order Monday, after hearing arguments June 11. It plans a more expansive order, explaining its reasoning, later.
 
In January 2013, a lawsuit was filed over certification of the “Bristol Bay Forever” initiative. The measure would require legislative approval for metallic sulfide mining operations within the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve that disturb at least 640 acres of land.
 
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