ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The company behind a proposed copper and gold mine near a major salmon fishery in southwest Alaska has launched a new marketing campaign after voters defeated a ballot measure aimed at protecting salmon habitat and elected a Republican governor.

Pebble Limited Partnership spokesperson Mike Heatwole tells KTVA-TV that they’re seeking to have extended conversations about the proposed Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region.

Heatwole says the partnership has been “very encouraged” by the election, seeing the results as validation that the state has a “fair process for reviewing projects.”

Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy has previously voiced support for allowing the mine to work through the federal permitting process.

The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to publish a draft environmental impact statement on the project in January.

Information from: KTVA-TV,