Environmental stories that take place in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Katie Basile / KYUK

The environmental group Earthjustice is requesting an informal review of a key water quality permit that the Department of Environmental Conservation granted to the Donlin Gold mine. Donlin could build one of the biggest gold mines in the world and is moving through the permitting process.


Alaska state officials will hold a public hearing about a controversial ballot initiative that would toughen salmon habitat protections on September 25 in Bethel.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

Public hearings for massive mining projects can be emotional. And in the case of the Donlin Mine public hearing last week in Bethel, many residents were angry with how state government officials conducted it. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

The deadline to comment on draft reclamation plans and financial assurances for the proposed Donlin gold mine is today at 5 p.m. State officials say that the comments should target the contents of the permits, and not just be a general statement of opposition against the mine. 

Donlin Gold Receives Essential Fish Habitat Permits

Sep 5, 2018
Donlin Gold would need to destroy two creeks in order to build its proposed mine.
Katie Basile/KYUK

Donlin Gold would need to destroy two creeks in order to build its proposed gold mine. Now, it has the permits to do so.

Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

How Donlin Gold will clean up its huge proposed gold mine up, and pay for it, was the subject of a public hearing Tuesday night at the Bethel Cultural Center. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

A public hearing is being held in Bethel today about Donlin Gold’s plans to clean up its proposed mine, and how the company will pay for the clean up. The proposed gold mine could be one of the biggest in the world, if completed, and this step is essential before it begins mining. 

Dean Swope / KYUK

The second day of a two-day workshop about climate change adaptation wrapped up in Bethel last week. 

The proposed Donlin Gold mine site in 2014.
Dean Swope/KYUK

On Tuesday, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is hosting a public hearing on how Donlin Gold plans to clean up after itself.

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Another tribe in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has come out against the proposed Donlin gold mine. Kasigluk passed an anti-Donlin resolution last week; all five of its traditional council members voted in favor of it.