A federal judge has ruled that Pebble mine developers have no right to force opposing environmental and fishing groups to turn over years of records or to require testimony by two individuals fighting the massive proposed mine.

In a 14-page order issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Russel Holland said that Pebble Ltd. Partnership already is getting relevant information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Pebble is suing the EPA in a case that contends the federal agency improperly interacted with anti-mine activists to restrict mining in the salmon-producing waters that feed Bristol Bay. The activists subpoenaed by Pebble were not parties to the lawsuit.

“Pebble is ‘pushing the envelope’ as far as its non-party discovery efforts,” Holland wrote.

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