Donlin Gold receives more state permits, moving closer to operating mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta

The Donlin runway and camp site in the summer of 2014. (Photo by Dean Swope/KYUK)

Donlin Gold received a handful of state permits on Jan. 2, 2020 that move the company closer to operating its gold mine in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, according to Alaska Department of Natural Resources spokesperson Dan Saddler. 

The permits will allow Donlin to build an airstrip and a port, and install fiber optic cables and build access roads for its mine, which could be one of the biggest in the world, if completed. The company needs more than a hundred permits before it can build and operate its mine. It already received two major federal permits and state permits in the last two years.

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Separately, DNR Commissioner Corri Feige denied an appeal from Donlin opponents over the agency’s approval of Donlin’s reclamation plans. Those seeking to appeal that denial must go through the court system within the next 30 days.

But Donlin still faces hurdles. The state is reviewing its application for a right of way to build a 315-mile gas pipeline for its operations, and Donlin is currently working on its dam safety certification; that can take as long as two years.

Read our continuing coverage of the Donlin mine.

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