Alaska High Court Hears Pebble Case

The Alaska Supreme Court is weighing whether environmental groups and citizens, including a former first lady, owe legal fees for losing a case involving the proposed Pebble Mine.

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by Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska- The Alaska Supreme Court is weighing whether environmental groups and citizens, including a former first lady, owe legal fees for losing a case involving the proposed Pebble Mine.

The justices also heard arguments Tuesday over whether source of the money to bring the environmental challenge must be revealed.
The case has drawn statewide attention because it involves former first lady Bella Hammond and Alaska constitutional delegate Vic Fischer. They sued a state agency in 2009, claiming the state was effectively disposing of lands without public notice and violating the state constitution. Pebble later joined the case on the state's side and a lower court ruled in their favor, finding Pebble's work was designed for minimal disruption.
The justices did not immediately rule.

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