There’s no projected timeline yet, but the mayor estimates the project could take up to five years.
Local officials in Haines see it as an opportunity to upgrade old shipping infrastructure.
Drillers will be back on the mountain around the clock after a year-long hiatus at a mining project near Haines and Klukwan.
Last summer, the Canadian metals company employed about 60 people, roughly half of them locals. This year, it has just one full-time and three part-time employees.
The Supreme Court decision could mean stricter permitting is required for Constantine Metal Resources’ expansion plans for a mine project near Haines.
The Southeast community of Haines has the reputation of being polarized. It lived up to that reputation last week with two vastly different events about a potential metals mine.
If Merrill Palmer gives up his mining claims, that federal land turns into Alaska Mental Health Trust Land.
A state agency asked Constantine to complete a study to see if water from its discharge sites will move to nearby surface waters.
There’s no mine yet at the Palmer Project site. But a small cadre of scientists live there for half the year, looking for minerals.
The unannounced visit came as state regulators reconsider a wastewater permit for the proposed metals mine north of Haines.