An Anchorage businessman has bankrolled an initiative aimed at stopping the Pebble Mine.
Records filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission show Robert Gillam as the sole contributor to Alaskans for Bristol Bay-Vote Yes on the Save Our Salmon Initiative. Records show Gillam contributed $415,000 from Feb. 2 to Sept. 24.
The initiative, which will appear on the Lake and Peninsula Borough ballot next week, would bar development of a large-scale mine. It's aimed squarely at Pebble, a gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of Bristol Bay and a premier commercial sockeye salmon fishery.
Pebble Limited Partnership, which is seeking to advance the project, has been the largest contributor to defeating the initiative, giving $200,000 but staff support to Defend Your Rights, Vote No on the Save Our Salmon Initiative.