Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Donlin Gold Update

May 29, 2012

In the Winter 2012 project update, Donlin Gold lists the highlights of the project, upcoming events, outlines the proposed mine layout and a simplified milling flow chart, and briefly addresses environmental concerns.  They also go into some detail regarding a proposed 312 mile long buried natural gas pipeline.  Over 100,000 tons of equipment and supplies, in addition to fuel, is expected to be transported to the mine site each year.  The transport would involve ocean-going tankers and barges, river barges, ports, an airstrip located near the mine, and an access road to the Kuskokwim River.  To reduce barge traffic, Donlin Gold is studying the feasibility of a 14-inch buried pipeline to carry natural gas from Cook Inlet to the site of the mine (pictured above).  

As for upcoming events…In the timeline of Donlin Gold, we are fast approaching the beginning of the permitting process, expected to begin sometime this summer.  Nearly 100 permits will be reviewed by federal, state and local agencies.  Because of the extent of the review, permitting is expected to take at least three years.  

Community meetings were held in various communities along the Kuskokwim this past winter, and continued input from the public is encouraged. 

For general questions or input, contact Donlin Gold at 1-888-225-7590.  

For concerns or complaints, contact 1-855-279-0382 or email to complaint@DonlinGold.com.

To view the pdf from Donlin Gold, click here:   

In more local news regarding Donlin Gold, the City of Bethel council held a meeting on May 8th and on its agenda was the discussion of  a resolution supporting a mercury risk assessment study, mercury transportation accountability, and mercury monitoring as conditions to permitting the proposed Donlin Gold Mine.  According to an article in The Delta Discovery, voting was postponed to the next regularly scheduled meeting.   

For more information, read the article:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Events in Nature

May 17, 2012

River breakup, Earthquakes and Solar Eclipses....what’s next?

Last week, I visited Aniak and had the privilege to witness one of the most astounding events in nature that I have ever seen:  breakup.  The rate at which the ice moves down the river, the pressure of the water tossing massive chunks of ice around as if they weighed nothing...the creaking, crashing, and groaning sounds.  My heart couldn’t help but race watching the Kuskokwim jam, and the water level rise along the dike.  It was an experience I will not soon forget.  

Here in Anchorage, we felt one of the more significant earthquakes in the recent past - news reports put the quake at a 4.6 magnitude, occurring approximately 8 miles southwest of Anchorage. 

And finally, something to keep an eye out for - we should be able to view the first solar eclipse of 2012 - an annular solar eclipse, which occurs when the moon moves in front of the sun, but is so far from the Earth that it appears smaller than  the sun, and cannot cover the Sun completely.  News reports say it should be viewable from Alaska this Sunday, May 20th.

For more information on the solar eclipse, visit: 

So what’s next?  Summer!  With the arrival of Summer for GTC, comes water sampling, recycling programs and more.  We’ll be joining you out on the Kuskokwim a few weeks from now for our semi-annual water sampling; keep an eye out for information on that and the recycling program in upcoming blogs.  

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Welcome new Environmental Coordinator

May 16, 2012

Georgetown welcomes Kate Thalhauser as the Tribe’s new Environmental Coordinator.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Pennsylvania State University in 2004, and has a variety of environmental related experiences.  Kate has a background in environmental education, water quality sampling, air quality compliance, and most recently worked as a Resource Conservation Specialist, creating and managing conservation plans for farmers in Central Pennsylvania.   Last fall, Kate relocated to Alaska from Pennsylvania.  After visiting Aniak several times and experiencing the thrill of the Kuskokwim and its tributaries in various seasons, Kate decided to make the move.  Outside of work she enjoys fishing, camping, hiking and photography.  She is excited to have the opportunity to work with Georgetown Tribal Council, and looks forward to meeting and getting to know all of you.