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:

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