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Federal judge orders EPA to halt pending Pebble action

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to block Pebble mine is on hold after a Nov. 24 federal court ruling. U.S. Alaska District Court Judge H. Russel Holland ordered a preliminary injunction be put in place on the EPA’s Clean Water Act Section 404(c) process in the Bristol Bay region.

AJOC EDITORIAL: Judge puts brakes on the EPA

Alaska, B.C. cooperate quietly on transboundary issues

Alaskans concerned with mining in transboundary watersheds often aren’t aware of the cooperation between the state and provincial governments, according to a British Columbia resource official. “I’m not sure if there’s any elected person in the state of Alaska that really knows the extent to which we engage Alaska on northwest (British Columbia) mining projects and that’s on us. We need to do a better job,” British Columbia Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett said.

Record crowd expected as major issues loom for miners

The annual Alaska Miners Association convention will set another attendance record this year with about 1,000 signed up to attend so far, AMA Executive Director Deantha Crockett said. It is also marks the 75th anniversary of the AMA, making it one of the state’s oldest trade and professional organizations. The AMA was organized in 1939 to give the mining industry, then one of the territory’s two industries (the other being fishing) a way to present a united front in dealing with new land policies being formed in Washington, D.C.

Work continues at Bokan, Niblack, Ambler and Donlin

Researchers look at port, mining impacts on Norton Sound crab

Controversial Canadian KSM mine gets key govt. permits

Company pursues mineral rights for Haines development

$4M drilling program underway at graphite prospect

Pebble’s EPA fight moves through court

The first court decision could come as early as October in a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s attempt to use Clean Water Act authority to preempt mining at the Pebble project southwest of Anchorage, according to the president of the company planning the mine.

EPA holds first public hearing on proposal to veto Pebble

Two minutes at a time, the Environmental Protection Agency heard directly from Alaskans how they feel about the agency’s proposal to block Pebble mine development.

Livengood owners focused on costs, optimizing production

International Tower Hills Ltd. is continuing its work on the large Livengood gold project about 70 miles north of Fairbanks. The focus now is on reducing costs and optimizing the production process.