Wednesday night’s public meeting in Nome was the first step in what’s sure to be an extensive process of exploration and permitting for Graphite One Resources—the Vancouver-based company that’s been exploring the second-largest known graphite deposit in the world, here on the Seward Peninsula.
An unexpected meeting with Dept. of Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Balash shifted the meeting from elections to mining.
The public hearing on Ballot Measure 4 in Kotzebue earlier this month yielded more questions than answers about how the “Bristol Bay Forever” initiative would be implemented, if it passes the vote in November.
Criticism from miners has focused on a recent letter from city manager Josie Bahnke claiming “negative social impacts” from Nome’s offshore gold boom, but others, including the Nome Chamber of Commerce president, say they’re waiting for more information about the gold sector’s costs and benefits to town.
Last night’s City Council meeting heard a vocal but symbolic show of frustration from members of Nome’s mining community over a perceived slight by city officials.
Field technicians travel 40 miles from Elim up the Tubuktulik River to gather baseline data near the largest known uranium deposit in Alaska.
Though the road is still in the preliminary planning phase, stakeholders from across the state flew in to Kotzebue Wednesday.
Some subsistence users blame gold miners and regulators for failing to take into account the negative impacts mining is having on other resources around Nome.
Teck Resources, the Canadian firm that operates the Red Dog Mine in northwest Alaska, won’t build a pipeline to carry wastewater away from the mine, opting instead to absorb an $8 million fine laid out in a 2008 lawsuit settlement.
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.