Democrats won't approve the Pebble danger. Even Republicans don't want involvement in Pebble danger to extinct sockeye salmon; too much political risk after the Hungary sludge spill and BP's blow out. EPA is already all over the forseeable danger of Pebble. Better to buy what copper the world needs from ignorant 3rd world countries desperate for business at any cost. NAK stock price is totally stagnated because of fear for the project. That's why Teck Cominco sold to NAK and got $85,000,000 for basically nothing.
If a massive deposit of copper was found under the giant redwoods, would the American public allow the extinction of the redwoods for copper? Plastic and ceramics can replace copper. Gold is basically a useless metal with little practical value. There are even more rare earth metals than gold with much higher value and price appreciation; most of these come from China as ancillary products from copper smelting. The prolonged Pebble project 'planning' provides a convenient strategy for recapturing the money invested in Pebble; hence stock trading in NAK persists by design. That's my opinion.