ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - One of the partners in the planned Pebble mine in Southwest Alaska has invested $4 million to add 23 square miles of mining claims on state land near the Pebble claims.
The Anchorage Daily News reports Northern Dynasty Minerals of Vancouver, British Columbia, obtained the claims from Liberty Star Uranium & Metals Corp. of Arizona.
Northern Dynasty spokesman Sean Magee says the acquisition consolidates the Pebble land package. The company and the London-based conglomerate Anglo American are planning one of the world's largest copper and gold mines. They now hold 163 square miles of mining claims.
Fishing and environmental interests opposing the mine say it could damage rivers that feed the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.