The Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Tom Collier, of the Peeble Company, assigned to Alaska’s proposed copper and gold mine strategem, resigned on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, after secretly recorded tapes surfaced divulging about using his diplomatic ties to government officials to secure their approval to operate the million-dollar project.
The videotapes were released last Monday, September 21, 2020, by the non-governmental organization. The Environmental Investigation Agency made a contradicting divulgence from Tom Collier’s public viewpoint on not involving diplomatic associations in the approval of the project’s permit.
The Environmental reformers concealed as potential stockholders for the Pebble project secretly documented by taping their transactions with Collier and the CEO of Pebble Partnership’s Canadian parent company, Northern Dynasty Minerals, Ron Thiessen.
Sincerest apologies were made by Mr. Thiessen as the representative of the company and commented that the unethical recordings do not rationalize the confessions revealed.
Recorded tapes also divulged that Thiessen mentioned that the only best way to solicit the White House was by Collier’s close affiliation with Governor Dunleavy.
Dunleavy’s office said Collier “embellished” their association. Governor’s Spokesman Jeff Turner stated that any assertions that Gov. Dunleavy communicated the White House officials on behalf of Peeble company are fallacious.
The recorded tapes also disclosed that Collier concocted statements that Alaska Republican Sens. Dan Sullivan and Lisa Murkowski misunderstood the Army Corps finding that for Peeble company to obtain a permit, they are required to tender a better wetlands alleviation strategy.
Last Tuesday, Sen. Murkowski commented that the large-scale resource development Pebble project has not met the requirements needed for the federal permit to be released.
Senator Sullivan also stated that the Collier’s statements before his resignation were a brazen mischaracterization or hopeless attempt to procure financing for a mining project that cannot materialize.
In a statement before Collier’s resignation, the Chairman, Mr. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), of the House Transportation and Infrastructure declared that the videotape confession can spark an inquiry in the congress. De Fazio also added that Mr. Collier deceived the public and the Congress of his egocentric motives on the project and have directed his investigative staff to carefully scrutinize the newly disclosed tape recordings.
Now is a crucial time for Peeble company with the inevitable revamp in leadership. The Army Corps previously stated that it will grant a decision about the permit this summer. The latest prerequisite imposed by the Army Corps on Peeble is to submit a new proposal to counterbalance demolition to thousands of acres of wetlands. Now it’s uncertain when the resolution will arrive.
If the project was materialized this year, Collier was expected to receive a $12.5 million bonus. Mr. John Shively, former Pebble CEO, will temporarily replace Collier’s position.