Brian Ballard
Brian Ballard

Ballard Partners, which has close ties with the Trump White House, is handling environmental lobbying duties for the Pebble Mine Partnership.

Vancouver-based Northern Dynasty Minerals is behind the PMP, which wants to build a "world-class" 5.3 square mile open pit copper/gold/silver mine at the headwaters of Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed.

Environmental and local groups have attacked the project, which the Natural Resources Defense Council says would devastate "the greatest wild salmon fishery in the world and the region's economic engine." The $1.5B fishery supports 14K jobs.

The Army Corps of Engineers is evaluating the environmental impact of the mine. The review will be completed next year.

The Justice and Corporate Accountability Project today filed a compliance request against NDM with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the British Columbia Securities Commission.

It claims NDM lacks the financial resources to build the mine and is "trying to drum up cash by providing incomplete and misleading information to investors."

Brian Ballard, chair of the Trump Victory fundraising team in Florida, represents PMP with Susie Wiles, who was senior strategist for Trump's Sunshine State campaign, and Syl Lukis, managing partner of Ballard's Washington office.