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Donlin Gold Project

Attention: Comments Closed

The public comment period for the Donlin Gold Project is currently closed.

Public Notice and Comment Period Open on the Donlin Gold Project

Division of Mining, Land, and Water Comment Jan. 28, 2019 to March 29, 2019

Donlin Gold, LLC., is proposing to develop an open-pit hard rock gold mine on private lands. As part of the mine development effort, applications have been submitted for several support facilities and infrastructure on state lands. The purpose of this notice is to allow the public to review and comment on the applications and preliminary decisions drafted by Southcentral Regional Land Office. In addition, the Resource Assessment and Development Section proposes to amend the Kuskokwim Area Plan.

Public Notice and Comment Period Open on the Donlin Gold Project

Division of Oil and Gas Comment Jan. 28, 2019 to March 22, 2019

On April 9, 2014, Donlin Gold LLC submitted a DNR pipeline right-of-way lease application associated with the Donlin Gold mine project. The purpose of the natural gas pipeline is to transport natural gas to the Donlin Gold mine site, primarily for power generation. The Commissioner’s Analysis and Proposed Decision for the Donlin Pipeline right-of-way lease has been completed and can be viewed at

The public comment period for this Analysis and Proposed Decision is January 28, 2019 through 5:00pm March 22, 2019. Written comments may be emailed to, faxed to (907) 269-6880, or mailed or hand-delivered to:

Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Division of Oil and Gas
State Pipeline Coordinator’s Section
3651 Penland Parkway
Anchorage, AK 99508

DNR will hold public hearings concerning the Donlin Pipeline decision on the dates listed below. The public may provide testimony during the hearing or submit written comments.

McGrath Community Center, Feb. 27, 2019, from 4:00-6:00pm
Tyonaek Tribal Center, Feb. 28, 2019, from 1:00-2:00pm
Bethel Cultural Center, Mar. 4, 2019, from 6:00-8:00pm
Aniak Community Center, Mar. 6, 2019, from 7:00-9:00pm
Atwood Conference Center (Anchorage), Mar. 12, 2019, from 5:30-7:30pm
Skwentna Roadhouse, Mar. 13, 2019, from 11:00am-1:00pm

Project Description

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 Services (SPCS) website.

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.

Financial Assurance

Personal Bond

  • None at this time.

Permits, Approvals and Authorizations

United States Army Corps of Engineers and BLM



Faith Martineau
Executive Director
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management & Permitting
550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501
Telephone: (907) 269-0949
Fax: (907) 269-5673
Email Faith Martineau

For more information about specific SCRO authorizations:
Ki Jung Lee
Natural Resource Manager
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Southcentral Regional Office
550 W 7th Ave, Suite 900 C
Anchorage, AK 99501
Telephone: (907) 269-8566
Fax: (907) 269-8913