Kinross Gold plans to run up to 192 trucks a day along the route, each pulling two trailers and weighing some 70 tons.
Environmental groups, Alaska Native tribes and the Tanana Chiefs Conference have filed lawsuits challenging the adequacy of the federal review of the Ambler Road.
For months, West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin has been watering down the climate provisions in the Build Back Better legislation. But the objections Manchin described to the bill’s climate measures are misleading.
The lawsuit alleges Sterling resident Max Finch used a wiretap for years to avoid paying for energy for his business, Alaska Canoe and Campground.
Ambivalence about the Ambler road and mine projects extends across the Upper Kobuk River region, where jobs could support subsistence but development could jeopardize it.
When Glacier Oil and Gas suspended operations last spring, North Slope crude was averaging less than $30 a barrel.
The mine has brought wealth to Northwest Alaska, supporting Alaska Native communities and culture. But its relationship with the only village downstream is fraught, and the mine is running out of ore.
A Hilcorp pipeline sprung a leak late in December 2016 that continued for three months.
A barrel of Alaska North Slope crude was about $71 on Monday, $11 less than the week of Thanksgiving.
The Air Force announced in October that it has chosen Eielson for a first-of-its-kind mini reactor.