1. BRISTOL BAY:
As lobbying fight intensifies, Pebble deploys a new weapon -- a politically savvy CEO
Thomas Collier, the Washington, D.C.-based attorney tapped to lead the Pebble copper and gold mining development in southwestern Alaska, is already crafting his plan of action. Collier is stepping in to become Pebble LP's CEO in the wake of layoffs and other downsizing, including the company's parting ways with some Washington lobbyists and consultants amid relentless lobbying from mine opponents and scrutiny from the Obama administration.