Rock Creek Mine

Project Description

The Rock Creek Mine is located along the west coast of Alaska on the Seward Peninsula, 6 miles north of Nome, on private lands owned by Sitnasuak Native Corporation (surface rights), Bering Straits Native Corporation (BSNC)(subsurface rights) and Alaska Gold Company, LLC (AGC) (land). The mine was operated by Alaska Gold Company, LLC (AGC), under the ownership of NOVAGOLD Resources Inc. (NOVAGOLD), from September 2008 to November 2008 when it was placed into care and maintenance. Phase I Reclamation was completed in October 2012, and in November 2012 BSNC purchased AGC and all interests from NOVAGOLD, which included the Rock Creek Mine.

Financial Assurance

Permits, Authorizations

Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District

Corps suspends permit for Rock Creek Mine (12/07/06)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – AlaskaDistrict News Release No. 06-016 (PDF)

Corps announces intent to reissue permit for Rock Creek Mine (02/27/07)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Alaska District News Release No. 07-004 (PDF)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reissues permit for Rock Creek Mine (03/13/07)

Support Documents

Archive of Applications, Draft Project Authorizations, and 2006 Public Process

Annual Meetings and Annual Reports

Rock Creek Mine & Big Hurrah Project 2012 Annual Report (PDF)  (posted 3/11/13)

Electronic Data

  • Rock Creek_2012_InjectionWellData.xlsx
  • Rock Creek_2012_WaterChemistryData.xlsx
    • Surface Water
    • Monitoring Wells
    • IWF
    • Contained Water
    • WTP

Note:  You can request and receive Appendix A and these electronic data by contacting the State of Alaska employee noted below:

Archive of Annual Meetings and Reports

For More Information Contact

State of Alaska Large Mine Permitting Team
Carolyn Curley
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Mining, Land & Water, Mining Section - Large Mine Permitting Program
3700 Airport Way,
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Telephone: (907) 451-2795
Fax: (907) 451-2703

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