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Individual land buyers, lessees of state land, or permittees who are unable to make their payments should immediately contact the Division of Mining, Land and Water (DMLW) to discuss ways to address their financial hardship and payments due, consistent with the Governor's COVID-19 Disaster Order of Suspension No. 2 as amended, or the Director's Finding concerning extensions of certain land sale contract and lease payments. Contact the DMLW by email at or by phone at (907) 269-8594. Thank you.

Pogo Mine

Project Description

The Pogo Mine is an underground cut-and-fill operation using gravity, flotation, and cyanide leaching processes to recover gold. The mine is located 38 miles northeast of Delta Junction, Alaska, on land owned by the State of Alaska. Access to the mine is via a 49-mile all season road from the Richardson Highway.

The project is operated by Northern Star (Pogo) LLC. In addition to the underground mine workings, major facilities include surface mill, dry stack tailings facility, water management systems, administrative facilities, 250 person upper camp and 203 person lower camp. Power is supplied from the regional grid via a 50-mile transmission line paralleling the access road. The mine was originally permitted in 2003, and operates 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

In 2019, Northern Star (Pogo) LLC had 450 employees and more than 200 contract employees. The Pogo Mine produced 75,614 ounces of gold from 465,230 tons of ore milled. The mine moved 1,262,271 tons of tailings and waste materials and placed 7,399,748 cubic feet of paste fill back in the underground workings.

Financial Assurance

Financial assurance in the amount of $71,908,000 has been received from Northern Star (POGO) LLC.

Support Documents

Plan of Operations (February 2017)

Pogo Plan of Operations Revision 1  PDF

In 2003 a Federal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was completed. The State of Alaska was a cooperating agency in the EIS process, and has used the EIS to assist in decision making for its authorizations.

Annual Meetings and Annual Reports



Thursday, August 27, 2020
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Online Zoom Meeting
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1. Introductions to Northern Star (Pogo) team
2. Summary of current site activities
3. Review of 2019 compliance data and reports (video)
4. Questions

Annual Activity Report for Reporting Year 2019  PDF 
Appendix E: 2019 Monitoring Data and Qualified Data, and Historic Data*
*For a copy of Electronic Appendix E, please contact: DNR Large Mine Coordinator (see bottom of page)

Archive of Annual Meetings and Reports for prior years

For More Information Contact:

State of Alaska Large Mine Permitting Team

Ashlee Adoko
Large Project Coordinator
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management and Permitting
550 W 7th Ave, Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone:(907) 269-8732
Fax: (907) 269-5673

Mail to:
550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501

Visit at:
550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1430
Anchorage, AK 99501