The state’s opportunity to veto the project rests with the Department of Environmental Conservation. Its commissioner used to lobby for the Pebble Mine.
“The Corps finds that the project, as currently proposed, cannot be permitted under section 404 of the Clean Water Act,” the U.S. Army said in an official statement.
Two lawsuits filed Monday argue that the BLM’s environmental review process failed to follow numerous laws meant to protect wildlife, land, water and people.
The Army Corps of Engineers issued new conditions for protecting wetlands and streams, but their letter does not prohibit the mine outright.
A few days after Calista sent its letter to the school board, the district erased all mention of the proposed Donlin Gold mine.
State and oil company officials confirmed 13 cases of COVID-19 between two different North Slope oil fields, as Alaska reported 86 new cases of the virus Thursday.
The company’s CEO, Ian Klassen, says shares sold to investors have allowed the company to ramp up drilling core samples from several gold-quartz veins this summer.
Coeur Alaska said the workers who tested positive and their close contacts are now isolating at a Juneau hotel.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski called today’s action a “capstone moment.”
Schutt said he’ll aim to strengthen the fund “for the long-term benefit of Alaskans, making sure that the permanent fund really is permanent.”