More Public Comment Periods Set For Donlin Gold Mine

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There are more public comments in store for the proposed Donlin gold mine. The mine could be one of the biggest in the world, and so it requires lot of infrastructure to maintain its operations. 

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) opened a public comment period for preliminary decisions on Donlin’s applications to build an airstrip, road, port, and a fiber optic cable for its operations. Comments are due on March 29.

A second public comment period is set for an amendment to the state's "Draft Kuskokwim Land Area Plan,” which would modify what activities are allowed on the state-owned land and bodies of water near the mine site. Comments are also due March 29.

DNR also opened a public comment period on Donlin’s application to lease a right-of-way for its proposed 315-mile pipeline. Comments are due March 22, and DNR will host a series of public hearings throughout the region on that leasing proposal. Those hearings will be held at: 

McGrath Community Center: Feb. 27, 2019 from 4 - 6 p.m.

Tyonaek Tribal Center: Feb. 28, 2019 from 1 - 2 p.m.

Bethel Cultural Center: Mar. 4, 2019 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Aniak Community Center: Mar. 6, 2019 from 7 - 9 p.m.

Atwood Conference Center (Anchorage): Mar. 12, 2019 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Skwentna Roadhouse: Mar. 13, 2019 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.