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Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Division of Mining, Land and Water

Donlin Gold Project

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Project Description

Donlin Gold, LLC (Donlin) has proposed to develop an open pit, hardrock gold mine located approximately 10 miles north of Crooked Creek, Alaska in the Yukon-Kuskokwim (Y-K) Delta area of southwest Alaska. The mine site is located on native lands owned by The Kuskokwim Corporation (surface estate) and Calista Corporation (subsurface estate). Donlin Gold, LLC is jointly owned by Barrick Gold US Inc. and NovaGold Resources Alaska, Inc.

Donlin estimates that the project will take 3 to 4 years to construct and have an active mine life of approximately 27 years. Key mine site facilities include the open pit, a waste rock facility, a mill plant, a tailings storage facility, a power plant, and water management structures including a wastewater treatment plant. It's estimated that the mine would produce approximately one million ounces of gold per year.

General cargo for the mine would be transported by marine barge to Bethel. Once there, the cargo would be loaded onto river barges for transport up the river to the project's proposed port facility at Jungjuk Creek. A proposed 30-mile all-season access road would be constructed to bring the cargo from the port to the mine site.

Donlin's proposal to power the mine includes a buried 14-inch diameter, 315-mile-long natural gas pipeline that would start near Beluga, Alaska, head northwest through the Alaska Range, and then continue westerly to the mine site. For further information about the pipeline please visit the State Pipeline Coordinator Services (SPCS) website.

News

2022 Donlin Easement Actions Public Notices

June 28, 2022 through August 15, 2022

There are eight historic easements within the Donlin Gold Mine's core operating area in which the State of Alaska holds an interest. The backbone of the easements near the mine site is referred to as FAS 231, which cuts across the west side of the mine site. The other seven easements are either rarely used trails that connect with FAS 231 or are short alternative trail segments that inter-connect with other trails entirely within the core operating area. During active mining operations, it will not be safe for the public to use these easements. To minimize this danger, Donlin Gold, LLC has applied with DNR for the following easement actions:

  1. An Easement Vacation to permanently vacate seven of the easements within the core operating area. Replacement easements will be donated by the private landowners (Donated Easements 1-6) to the State for orderly and continuous access through the area. Of note, FAS 231 will not be vacated. (EV 3-244)
  2. An Easement across State-owned lands on the west and north sides of the core operating area to help provide alternative access around the mine site (ADL 236624). This decision will also address the temporary closure of Donated Easements 2-6 while active mining operations are taking place (ADL 234025), the minor re-alignment of RST 76 outside the core operating area on the eastern side of the mine site (ADL 234035), and additional public safety measures. Of note, Donated Easement 1 will connect FAS 231 to the new easement on State lands and will remain open for public use during and after active mining operations.

Detailed information about these proposed actions is provided in the documents listed below. The public is invited to submit comments here concerning the State's preliminary decisions until August 15, 2022.

Financial Assurance

None at this time.

Permits and Approvals

Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Mining Section

Lands Section

Lands Section & SPCS

Water Resources Section

Annual Reports and Meetings

None at this time.

Other Supporting Documents

Archive

Archive of older financial assurance, permits, approvals, annual reports, and other supporting documents

Contact

Jennifer Murrell
Large Project Coordinator
Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Office of Project Management and Permitting
Phone: (907) 334-2185
Fax: (907) 269-5673
Email

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

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

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