Tulsequah Chief Project Archive


Air Cushion Barging Proposal

August 2007 to July 2008

July 14, 2008

On Monday, July 14th Redfern Resources Ltd withdrew its original application for barging on the Taku River using the amphitrac equipment.

New State Permit Applications for the Tulsequah Chief Project will be posted here when they are received. We are anticipating new permit submittals mid-August, 2008.

June 27, 2008

  • Redfern Resources Ltd. (Redfern) yesterday submitted its response dated June 25, 2008 to the state’s 2nd Request for Additional Information (RFAI) (February 14, 2008). The RFAI response proposes a combination of low ground pressure tracked and rubber-tired vehicle as substitutes for the previously proposed Amphitrac tow vehicle.

  • State agencies will be evaluating this response to determine the permitting and Coastal Zone Consistency Review implications of the proposed modifications. 

  • The Public Comment Deadline remains suspended (i.e., the Public comment Period remains open) pending a determination of the review requirements for Redfern’s modified proposal.

  • Redfern is currently conducting near daily conventional barging on the Taku River in support of its operations at the Tulsequah Chief project site.  This barging is separate from, and not subject to, the permitting review and approval process for the air cushion barging.

April 22, 2008

  • The ACMP consistency review of Redfern's proposed Taku River barging project remains suspended pending receipt and acceptance of supplemental information required in response to the second Request for Additional Information (RFAI) dated February 12, 2008 (see below).

  • If determined to be adequate by State agencies, the RFAI response will be posted to the web for public review and comment. A future date for the re-start of the consistency review will be posted at that time.

  • The Public Comment Deadline also remains suspended (i.e., the Public Comment Period remains open) until the State's consistency review requirements are satisfied.

  • Redfern has indicated it intends to conduct conventional barging operations on the Taku River on a near daily basis this summer.

Additional Information will be posted to this website as the documents become available.


REQUEST FOR ADDTIONAL INFORMATION

The Division of Coastal and Ocean Management has suspended the ACMP consistency review of Redfern's proposed Taku River barging project until required supplemental information is produced and determined to be satisfactory by the participating State resource agencies. This supplemental information is necessary for the State agencies to determine if the proposed barging is consistent with the statewide ACMP standards found at 11 AAC 112, and also for State agency permitting responsibilities under both Title 38 and Title 41.

December 21, 2007
The Office of Habitat Management and Permitting submitted a Request for Additional Information (RFAI) to the Division of Coastal and Ocean Management on December 21, 2007 (posted 12/21/2007)

January 18, 2008
Redfern Resources Ltd. Response to Request for Additional Information dated January 18, 2008  (posted 1/25/2008)

This document did not receive final approval for adequacy by state agencies and a second RFAI was submitted by OHMP to DCOM on February 12, 2008.

February 12, 2008
The Office of Habitat Management and Permitting submits a Second Request for Additional Information (RFAI) to the Division of Coastal and Ocean Management
(posted 04/22/2008)

June 25, 2008
Redfern Resources Ltd. Response to Second Request for Additional Information dated June 25, 2008  (posted 06/27/2008)

PERMIT APPLICATIONS AND DRAFT STATE DECISIONS

Redfern Resources Limited has proposed to use the Taku River as a route to transport materials, fuel, supplies, and mineral concentrates between the Tulsequah Chief Mine in British Columbia and the Alaska Marine Lines Facility in Juneau, Alaska.  They plan to employ a transport system comprised of Air Cushion Barges (ACB) and a combination of a conventional river tug and an “Amphitrac” vessel that will either tow or push the ACB along the route of the Taku River.

On December 18, 2007 the State of Alaska released the following application materials, draft authorizations, and coastal consistency review documents relating to the Tulsequah Chief Project Air Cushion Barging Proposal for a 30-day public review and comment period. This comment period has been extended until the State’s consistency review requirements are satisfied.

Summary of the Public Notification process and Public Meeting.
DRAFT AUTHORIZATIONS AND APPLICATIONS

Alaska Department of Natural Resources

Division of Mining, Land and Water

Office of Habitat Management and Permitting

Division of Coastal and Ocean Management

HOW TO COMMENT

Please address all comments on the draft authorizations and coastal consistency review documents to Tom Crafford, DNR Mining Coordinator, at the address listed below. Comments must be in writing. If you are unable to obtain the documents from this website, please contact Mr. Crafford.

The Public Comment Deadline has been suspended until the State’s consistency review requirements are satisfied.

A revised Comment Deadline will be posted here and in an ACMP Public Notice after required supplemental information is produced by Redfern Resources Ltd. and determined to be satisfactory by the participating State resource agencies.

Comments regarding the coastal consistency review must identify the relevant enforceable policy and explain how the project is not consistent with that policy.

Tulsequah Chief Project Comments
ATTN: Tom Crafford, Mining Coordinator
ADNR / Office of Project Management and Permitting
550 West Seventh Ave., Suite 900D
Anchorage, AK  99501
Telephone:  (907) 269-8629
Fax: (907) 269-8930
Email: tom.crafford@alaska.gov

ADDITIONAL PROJECT INFORMATION

Other documents submitted by Redfern Resources Limited to the State of Alaska in support of project authorizations:

Taku River Barge Activity Report 2007
REDFERN RESOURCES LTD.
February 2008

Tulsequah Chief Mine Air Cushion Barge Transportation System
August 2007
Volume 1: Project Description
  Appendix A: Channel Depth Analysis of the Lower Taku River
  Appendix B: Taku River Barge Route Photographic Log
  Appendix C: Taku river Barging: Route Atlas
 
Volume 2: Supporting Information for the BC Project Approval Certificate Amendment and the Alaska Coastal Zone Consistency Review
 
Proposed Barge Route Oversized Maps (28” x 42”)
  Taku River, British Columbia
  Taku River, Alaska

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