The leadership behind the proposed Pebble Mine is seeing a change at its highest ranks.
The Pebble Partnership announced Monday that longtime CEO John Shively is moving to a Chairmen of the Board position with the project as Tom Collier moves to the position of CEO.
As Shivley exited the CEO position, one he’s held since 2008, he wrote in a release that the transition comes as Collier has been working “on the many issues presented” by the recent Environmental Protection agency’s Bristol Bay report.
The EPA report, released in January, found a large-scale copper and gold mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region could have devastating effects on the world's largest sockeye salmon fishery.
Calling the report “flawed,” Shively said the Pebble Project maintains a “focus on advancing the project and (initiating) permitting.”
Collier has spent 40 years with the law firm Steptoe and Johnson, focusing on navigating federal environmental permitting, including the “critical” permitting under the Clean Water Act.
Collier has also worked with Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and Conoco Phillips on Alaska issues. He has also worked at the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.