Alaska Department of Natural Resources awarded its 2019 Excellent Mine Reclamation Award to Ajax Mining Alaska Inc., a Fortymile mining district placer gold operation, in recognition of its successful continuous reclamation practices.
New protection measures for crab and salmon will restrict timing, depth, and locations of mining operations in Norton Sound.
The Alaska Plant Materials Center (PMC) will begin its annual sale of grass, grain, and flower seeds on April 17 and continue selling seed through the end of the growing season.
Alaska Governor Michael J. Dunleavy last week made his nominations for the two State of Alaska seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.
Quite a number of advanced-exploration and development projects are underway—some at existing sites and some at newly discovered areas—that may bring even more mines to fruition in the near future.
US Senator Lisa Murkowski chaired the Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s first hearing of the 116th Congress, to examine the outlook for energy and minerals markets. The hearing featured witnesses from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), ClearView Energy Partners, the R Street Institute, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and Benchmark Mineral Intelligence.
A recent House Resources committee hearing on the Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Project served as a reminder of how prevalent a role outside environmental groups play in Alaska politics, particularly when it comes to mining projects.
“To date, only minimal drafts, and in most cases just outlines, of these plans have been provided, and/or the development of the plans have been deferred to a later date,” FERC said, referring to its past requests of AGDC for proposed mitigation plans for wildlife avoidance, marine mammal monitoring, vegetation and soils restoration, groundwater monitoring, and invasive plants.
All developed economies include a value-added sector; Alaska’s small but nationally competitive manufacturing is strong but narrow, with room to grow.
Happy New Year! We asked leaders across Alaska for their comments on the economic outlook for 2017, and the common theme is an optimistic outlook as long as there is proper legislative action taken and diversification of the economy.