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State publishes report on strategic and critical minerals

(Fairbanks, AK) – A summary report from the second annual Alaska Strategic and Critical Minerals Summit, held in Fairbanks in late 2012, is now available. To order copies or read the report online, go to http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/pubs/id/25095.

The report, published by the Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, is a compilation of presentations given at the Nov. 30, 2012 summit. During the day-long summit, expert speakers discussed opportunities and challenges involving strategic and critical minerals development in the U.S. and Alaska.

The sold-out summit, hosted by the State of Alaska and University of Alaska Fairbanks, drew more than 200 attendees, including representatives from federal, state, and international governments, mining companies, manufacturers, Alaska Native corporations, and investment firms. The event built upon the first Alaska Strategic and Critical Minerals Summit held in September 2011, during which Governor Sean Parnell introduced the State’s strategy to spur the exploration and development of rare-earth elements and other strategic minerals in Alaska.

“Responsible development of the State’s vast mineral resources is a critical component of maintaining a healthy Alaska economy and creating jobs throughout the state, including in our rural areas where economic opportunities can be limited,” said Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan. “The success of this annual summit is evidence of Alaska’s significant potential, and also the need to provide up-to-date information on our resource potential, permit requirements, infrastructure development, and financing opportunities.”

The summary report is the result of collaboration between the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The departments work together to develop a strategic minerals sector in Alaska, including a multi-year minerals assessment, marketing of Alaska’s resource potential to investors, financing, and research.

For more information about Alaska mineral projects, visit http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/mining/index.cfm and www.commerce.alaska.gov/ded/dev/minerals/mining.htm

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