The DGWG consists of people and groups within the Kuskokwim River region and throughout Alaska who are concerned about the future of the land and water surrounding the proposed mine. We encourage active participation from people that share our concerns or have information to offer. You can view a roster of our group by clicking here.
"The Donlin Creek Working Group aims to be a transparent, publicly-accessible informational resource and forum to those concerned about the Donlin Creek Mine’s impacts on the region’s land, air, and water.”
A brief overview of the proposed mine:
mercury contamination, which can severely impact fish.
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The permitting process for the mine is underway. In August, 2012, Donlin Gold submitted a Plan of Operations and the Wetlands Permit Application under Section 404 of the U.S. Clean Water Act to the federal and state regulators, initiating the permitting process. As required by the National Environmental Protection Act, permitting the mine will require an environmental impact statement (EIS). The US Army Corps of Engineers has contracted URS Alaska, LLC to conduct the EIS. Scoping for the EIS will occur December 14, 2012- March 29, 2013.
Huge amounts of energy will be required to power this remote mine. Donlin Gold proposes to run a 313-mile, small-diameter (14-inch) natural gas pipeline from the west side of Cook Inlet to the mine. A 100 foot wide right of way would be cleared along the route of the pipeline, along with airstrips, camps, and roads. The pipeline would be capable of transporting approximately 50 million standard cubic feet per day of natural gas.
Click here to go to the Donlin LLC website.
Welcome to the Donlin Gold Working Group (DGWG) Home Page.
PERMITTING HAS BEGUN! Click here for the EIS homepage
CLICK HERE TO READ SCOPING COMMENTS FROM VARIOUS COMMENTERS WITHIN THE WORKING GROUP. (scroll to the bottom of the page)
The DGWG was created as a response to the proposed Donlin Gold Mine, in the Kuskokwim River Watershed of southwest Alaska. This website was created to serve four main purposes:
1.) To provide information about the possible environmental impacts of developing the mine
2.) To provide information and facilitate discussion about the permitting process
3.) To host important files, such as maps, photos, and important studies
4.) To collect comments about all of the above
We hope this can serve as a central resource through which it will be easy to find the information you need about the mine, its impacts, and the permitting process. Please have a look at the various topics on the left. It is our hope that this website will allow for a stronger permitting process that takes into account all Alaskans, but most importantly, people in the region.
A lot of work and research has been done already on Donlin, so you will find many links to other sites as well as some original content here. Many files linked from this site can also be found in the file directory in the menu on the left. Finally, this site is a work in progress. You can help make it better.
(above photo: Russian Mountains and the Kuskokwim River near Crooked Creek, by David Griso)
HOW TO USE THIS SITE:
Anyone can view this site, but to use it interactively you'll need to email me (Jill Yordy) so I can list you as a user. You'll also be able to upload documents, photos, and maps. If you don't want to bother with any of this, just email or call me (907-452-5021 x28) and let me know what you'd like to add or say and I'll do it for you.
When you get the invitation email to use the site, you will need to have a Google account. It only takes a minute to get one and it's free. You can either follow the instructions in the invitation email or do it right now by clicking here. Once you're a user, I encourage you to comment on items and share documents, but please use caution if you go into the editing system so we don't lose content. Keep in mind that every action on the site is permanently logged so I'll know who changed or removed anything.
Thanks for your interest. This is a big project and I think it deserves all the collective input we can gather. As long as it's not offensive to anyone else, we encourage people to write about what they think about the mine.
I encourage you to email me for more information, and to contact anyone in the roster who might be better suited to answer your questions. You can also call me at (907) 452-5021.