Tulsequah Chief Project Archive
Air Cushion Barging Proposal
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)
- Attachment 1 Supplemental Wildlife Information and 2007 Survey Results
- Attachment 1 Appendices A - C
Attachment 2 Taku River Mainstem Channel Profile
Attachment 3 Tulsequah Chief Wildlife Log Form
Attachment 4 Wildlife Incident / Risk Report Form
- Tulsequah Wildlife Management Plan February 2008 (posted 2/15/08)
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
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,
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.
DRAFT AUTHORIZATIONS AND APPLICATIONS
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Division of Mining, Land and Water
- Draft Land Use Permit LAS 26679 (posted 12/18/2007)
- Land Use Permit Preliminary Decision
Memorandum LAS 26679
Amphibious Tug and Barge Operations on Taku River Shorelands
- Land Use Permit Application (posted 12/3/2007)
- Land Use Permit Application Supplement (posted 12/18/2007)
- Taku River Operations Plan -
Tulsequah Chief Mine Air Cushion Barge Transportation System, November 2007 (posted
Office of Habitat Management and Permitting
- Fish Habitat Permit Application (posted 12/18/2007)
Division of Coastal and Ocean Management
- ACMP Start-up Packet AK 0711-04J (posted 12/18/2007)
- Applicant Extension Request to AK 0711-04J (posted 1/3/2008)
- DCOM response to Applicant Extension Request (posted 1/3/2008)
- ACMP Public Notice / Revised Review Schedule dated December 28, 2007 (posted 1/3/2008)
- Revised ACMP Project Data Sheet (posted 1/3/2008)
- DCOM January 18, 2008 Review Extension Letter
- ACMP Public Notice / Revised Review Schedule dated January 18, 2008 (posted 1/23/2008)
- Revised ACMP Project Data Sheet (posted 1/23/2008)
- DCOM February 14, 2008 Review Suspension Letter (posted 2/15/2008)
- ACMP Public Notice / Review Schedule Suspended dated February 14, 2008 (posted 2/15/2008)
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.
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
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.
Tulsequah Chief Mine Air Cushion Barge Transportation System
|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|