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Donlin Gold Project

Donlin Gold Project

Donlin Gold, LLC is proposing to develop an open-pit, hard rock gold mine, referred to as the Donlin Gold Project, located approximately 145 miles northeast of Bethel, Alaska. The proposed open-pit mine is situated on Native lands owned by The Kuskokwim Corporation (surface estate) and Calista Corporation (subsurface estate). Mine construction is expected to take three to four years during which Donlin foresees employing up to 3,000 people. The estimated life of the mine is 27.5 years, during which Donlin expects to employ up to 1,400 people annually and produce over 33-million ounces of gold.

Final Finding and Decision on January 2, 2020

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mining, Land and Water, Southcentral Regional Land Office (SCRO) made a final decision to issue the following authorizations to Donlin Gold LLC (Donlin) for activities on state lands related to the proposed Donlin Gold Project.

Based upon this notice of the above-described actions, as follows is the appeal procedure:

A person affected by this decision who provided timely written comment or public hearing testimony on this decision may appeal it, in accordance with 11 AAC 02. Any appeal must be received within 20 calendar days after the date of "issuance" of this decision, as defined in 11 AAC 02.040(c) and (d) and may be mailed or delivered to the Commissioner, Department of Natural Resources, 550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1400, Anchorage, Alaska 99501; faxed to 1-907-269-8918, or sent by electronic mail to Under 11 AAC 02.030, appeals and requests for reconsideration filed under 11 AAC 02 must be accompanied by the fee established in 11 AAC 05.160(d)(1)(F), which has been set at $200 under the provisions of 11 AAC 05.160(a) and (b).

If no appeal is filed by the appeal deadline, this decision goes into effect as a final administrative order and decision of the Department on the 31st calendar day after issuance. An eligible person must first appeal this decision in accordance with 11 AAC 02 before appealing this decision to Superior Court (11 AAC 02.020(a) and (b)). A copy of 11 AAC 02 may be obtained from any regional office of the Department of Natural Resources.


Please direct specific questions concerning the final findings and decisions to:

Samantha Carroll
Natural Resource Manager
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Southcentral Regional Land Office
Telephone: (907) 269-8548

Individuals with audio impairments that have questions concerning this notice may call Relay Alaska at 711 or 1 800-770-8973 for assistance at no cost.