Donlin Gold Project

Donlin Gold Project

Donlin Gold, LLC (Donlin) has proposed to develop a large open pit, hardrock gold mine located approximately 10 miles north of Crooked Creek, Alaska, which is located on the shores of the Kuskokwim River, in southwest Alaska (277 miles west of Anchorage and 145 miles northeast of Bethel). The deposit is situated on Native lands owned by The Kuskokwim Corporation (surface estate) and Calista Corporation (subsurface estate).

Donlin is owned on a 50/50 basis held by Barrick and NovaGold and will be responsible for overseeing the proposed mine project.

Donlin's preferred design for the project anticipates a throughput of approximately 59,000 tons per day. Donlin's proposal to power the mine includes a 14-inch diameter, 315 mile natural gas pipeline that would start in Beluga, Alaska, pass through the Alaska Range, and continue on to the mine site. For further information on the pipeline please visit the State Pipeline Coordinator's Section (SPCS) website at

Donlin estimates that the project will take between 3 to 4 years to construct, with a projected mine life of approximately 27 1/2 years, and is estimated to produce (on average) approximately one million ounces of gold per year.

On July 26th, 2012 Donlin submitted a Section 404 permit application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The submittal of the 404 permit application triggered the development an Environmental Impact State (EIS) as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The State of Alaska is a cooperating agency during the review and development of the EIS. For further information on the 404 and NEPA process please visit

Donlin Gold Project Public Scoping

As part of the mine development effort Donlin has applied to install a number of structures or facilities on state lands in support of the project, including port and airstrip facilities, an access road, a fiber optic telecommunications cable, material sites, temporary access routes and construction camps. Donlin has also requested to restrict public easements located within the proposed mine area. Some of the requested authorizations could involve reclassifying currently classified lands, classifying lands that are currently unclassified, and classifying lands outside of an area plan which currently have no classification. A list of the applications received by Southcentral Region Office (SCRO) at the time of this notice can be found below along with maps of the project area.

The purpose of this notice is to make the public aware of the applications received by SCRO and solicit public input that will be considered during the adjudication process. If you have information that you would like SCRO staff to consider during the adjudication process of one or more of the applications, you are encouraged to submit comments through the link found below. Please note SCRO is not proposing any specific action at this time. Activities taking place on lands not owned by the State of Alaska are outside the scope of these applications and any comments or input you have regarding non-state lands should be directed to the appropriate landowner.

In addition to submitting your input for consideration online, you can subscribe to a contact list to receive notifications from SCRO regarding these applications. You may submit your preferred contact information at the link below. Note that you will only be added to SCRO's contact list for this project and your contact information will not be added to other State of Alaska, federal or local agency distribution lists regarding the proposed Donlin Gold Mine.

The comment period will close on October 17, 2016.

Written comments can be sent to:

Attn: DNR SCRO Donlin
Southcentral Region Office
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 900 C
Anchorage, AK 99501

For general project information, you can contact:

For more information you can contact:

Jeff Bruno
Large Project Coordinator
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management & Permitting
550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501
Telephone: (907) 269-7476
Fax: (907) 269-5673

For more information about specific SCRO authorizations you can contact:

Ben Hagedorn
SCRO Donlin Project Coordinator
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Southcentral Regional Office
550 W 7th Ave, Suite 900 C
Anchorage, AK 99501
Telephone: (907) 269-8111
Fax: (907) 269-8913