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Researchers depart panel set to review Pebble project studies

Associated Press
Published: October 1st, 2012 12:04 PM
Last Modified: October 1st, 2012 12:04 PM

JUNEAU -- One researcher has withdrawn and another has been excused from participation in the upcoming review of studies released by the group behind a massive mine project in Southwest Alaska.

Both David Montgomery's withdrawal and Daniel Schindler's dismissal came last month, just weeks before the start of what has been touted as an independent, objective look at the science put forth by the Pebble Limited Partnership.

The Keystone Center assembled the panels on behalf of Pebble, which is looking to develop a huge gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a premier salmon fishery. Pebble this year released...