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Rio Tinto gifts stake in Northern Dynasty to state charities

Rio Tinto, the London-based international mining company, will gift its 19.1 percent ownership in Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd, owner of the Pebble mine prospect, to two Alaskan charitable foundations.

NovaCopper CEO: Ambler District potential justifies road

NovaCopper Inc. CEO Rick Van Nieuwenhuyse said his company is near a goal of 10 billion pounds of copper for potential development in the Ambler Mining District.

Ordinance shot down for superseding state

The “Save Our Salmon” initiative billed as a way to stop Pebble mine was struck down March 19 in state Superior Court when Judge John Suddock ruled the Lake and Peninsula Borough ordinance unconstitutionally preempts state control over natural resources management.

Report: EPA mining raid overblown, but questions remain

Tactics used in an Environmental Protection Agency-led investigation of alleged mining violations on claims in the Fortymile River area likely weren’t as aggressive as first thought, at least according to a report released March 13 from Gov. Sean Parnell’s office, but questions still remain about the necessity of the searches.

Noting tech needs, mining companies seek graphite 


The U.S. imports all of its natural graphite, but mining companies are searching locations from Alaska to Alabama, optimistic about future demand.

BBNC exploring copper, gold prospects near Chignik Bay

Less than a month after Bristol Bay Native Corp. issued a statement supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that the proposed Pebble mine would endanger region salmon stocks, the Alaska Native corporation announced it had secured a partner to explore for copper and gold on company lands on the Alaska Peninsula.

Exploration off 38%, producing mines strong

JUNEAU — Mining is good for Alaska’s economy, but while the state’s six producing mines are holding up well, and some even expanding, a sharp 38 percent drop in exploration spending last year is having ripple effects.

Roads to Resources adds West Susitna, stalls other projects

As the original Roads to Resources projects await more money, a new state study adds new proposals to the mix.

Usibelli mine a steady supplier of low-cost Interior energy

JUNEAU — For 70 years, since 1943, the Usibelli coal mine at Healy has been a steady supplier of energy to Interior Alaska, at one time for space heating and in recent years for power generation.

AJOC EDITORIAL: Alaska LNG, Pebble and the Cook Inlet fish wars

With so much happening over the past couple weeks it’s time to clean out the editorial notebook.

Begich against Pebble, Murkowski wants state to decide

JUNEAU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Begich has come out against the proposed Pebble Mine, calling the massive gold-and-copper project “the wrong mine in the wrong place for Alaska.”

EPA releases final Bristol Bay watershed impact assessment

JUNEAU (AP) — A government report indicates a large-scale copper and gold mine in Alaska’s Bristol Bay region could have devastating effects on the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery and adversely affect Alaska Natives, whose culture is built around salmon.