A federal judge in Anchorage has quashed some subpoenas issued to opponents of the Pebble mine. In a 14-page ruling issued Wednesday, Judge H. Russel Holland said Pebble was “pushing the envelope” as it seeks information from third parties about EPA’s efforts to preemptively block development of the proposed mine.
On the receiving end of the subpoenas were dozens of individuals and groups Pebble says have been working closely with EPA to stop development of the mine.
One was Anchorage resident Sam Snyder, who used to work for the Alaska Conservation Foundation, where he helped coordinate opposition to Pebble.
Holland’s ruling applied to Snyder, ACF, the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, and former RSDA director Bob Waldrop.
Judge Holland said it will be more convenient, less burdensome, and less expensive for EPA to produce the materials Pebble says are relevant to its case. Pebble disagrees with the ruling, and says they have already found materials from third party records that were not provided by EPA.