Minerals

Minerals

Another step for big Donlin project
The state Department of Natural Resources is- sued a proposed right-of-way lease for a 315-miless pipeline to transport natural gas to the Donlin Gold project in the mid-Kuskokwim River area northwest of Anchorage. Donlin Gold, a joint-venture of Bar- rick Gold and NovaGold Resources, hopes to build a large surface gold mine with energy to be provided by gas shipped from Cook Inlet. Correction: We incorrectly reported last issue that thirteen tribes filed suit over state permits for the proposed Donlin mine. In actuality the tribes filed appeals of permits through the state Department of Natural Resource appeals process. Litigation may still be the end result. The environmental law firm Earthjustice filed the appeal on the tribes’ behalf.

Another big step for Pebble, too
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the large Pebble copper/gold/molybdenum project near Lake Iliamna, 200 miles southwest of Anchorage. The DEIS is a review of environmental impacts and alternatives and its release begins a period of review and public hearings in communities near the proposed project. The 90-day public comment review period began March 1 and concludes May 31.

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