Pebble Mine project

Villagers take part in a meeting about the Pebble Mine on August 27, 2013. (credit: Bill Roth/Getty Images)

Rio Tinto To Give Away Pebble Mine Project Shares

A major shareholder of a company behind a contentious Alaska mine project on Monday announced it was giving its shares away to two Alaska charitable organizations, at least one of which belongs to a larger group that has come out publicly against the project.