The U.S. imports all of its natural graphite, but mining companies are searching locations from Alaska to Alabama, optimistic about future demand.
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.
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.
As the original Roads to Resources projects await more money, a new state study adds new proposals to the mix.
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.
With so much happening over the past couple weeks it’s time to clean out the editorial notebook.
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.”
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.
As someone deeply familiar with Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s leadership on the “Critical Minerals Policy Act,” John Kemp’s Dec. 9 Reuters column criticizing the bill struck me as a cynically misguided reaction to her important work.
Alaska’s miners are hunkered down, hoping that a tough 2013 won’t be repeated in 2014. At this point, it looks like a cloudy outlook will continue, though.
Alaska’s mining industry had its bumps in 2013. In a major disappointment for Interior Alaska, International Tower Hill Mines announced in July that its feasibility study for the proposed large Livengood gold mine showed the project was uneconomic at the estimated costs and current gold prices.
The Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. CEO says the company is continuing its efforts to develop the giant Pebble minerals project southwest of Anchorage, and is encouraged about prospects for bringing in a new partner to replace Anglo American, which withdrew from the project in September.