Walker’s administration is releasing $3.6 million in previously set-aside funds to start an environmental assessment of the 200-mile road to copper, gold deposits in the northwest.
“I think we’ve got enough information to show that with regard to caribou, it’s not an easy answer,” said Kotzebue-based ADF&G biologist Jim Dau.
With Alaska’s oil revenues shrinking in the face of falling oil prices, a mining road across the Interior that would end at a copper deposit near Ambler is among many projects being reassessed.
AIDEA’s proposed route to the 75-mile mineralization mining prospect near Ambler faces new complications in the wake of a declaration by Evansville Incorporated.
How are small Alaska Native communities to balance tradition with modernization? That’s the question leaders addressed in the second day of talks on the proposed Ambler mining road.
Though the road is still in the preliminary planning phase, stakeholders from across the state flew in to Kotzebue Wednesday.
Starting tomorrow, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority—or AIDEA—is holding two days of meetings in Kotzebue about a proposed 200-mile road through the interior to the Ambler Mining District.
A conference call about federal polices on Alaska lands became part of the ongoing debate about a proposed mining road to Ambler, with the total cost of the road officially projected to be as high as $400 million—a number that’s interesting as much for what it leaves in as out.
As the cost of simply investigating the roads feasibility continues to swell, basic questions about financing, community approval, and potential conflicts of interest remain unanswered.
As a state-backed industrial road that could pass through the Ambler region moves into an environmental phase, the promise of jobs conflicts with local concerns.