On May 25, 2022, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner’s Office received notice of an appeal to the Alaska Superior Court from Earthjustice, an environmental, non-governmental law organization representing Orutsararmiut Native Council and the Native Village of Eek, challenging the Department of Natural Resources’s decision to issue 12 permits to appropriate water for the Donlin Gold Project (Project).
In April 2021, the Department of Natural Resources granted “Permits to Appropriate Water” to Donlin Gold, authorizing the use of water needed for future mine operations and protection of the environment. The Department of Natural Resources issued these permits after a thorough review that determined the use of water is in the public interest, as defined in Alaska Statute 46.15.080 (a)(4). The public was provided with multiple opportunities to review and comment on the applications. The Department of Natural Resources provided individual responses to all comments.
“Because of our extensive environmental dataset, developed from multiple years of research and study, we were well-positioned to prepare permit applications that were supported by a strong, science-based understanding of the watershed and aquatic resources in the mine site area,” said Dan Graham, General Manager for Donlin Gold. “The Y-K Delta residents interact with the Kuskokwim River daily. We understand the peoples’ dependency on the aquatic resources provided by the Kuskokwim River and tributary streams, like Crooked Creek, and understand the residents’ demand for sustainable resource management. The Project will protect the Kuskokwim River and the natural foods it puts on people’s tables while providing strong economic prosperity to residents. Through job and business opportunities and royalty payments to Calista and The Kuskokwim Corporation, the Project will further enhance economic conditions in the region. We believe the Department of Natural Resources’s decision to issue Donlin Gold the water rights permits was based on careful review and strong science.”
About Donlin Gold LLC
Donlin Gold LLC is owned by NOVAGOLD Resources Alaska Inc., a subsidiary of NOVAGOLD RESOURCES Inc. (“NOVAGOLD”), and Barrick Gold U.S. Inc., a subsidiary of Barrick Gold Corporation (“Barrick”). Donlin Gold is working with NOVAGOLD, Barrick and Alaska Native landowners, The Kuskokwim Corporation and Calista Corporation, to build a gold mining project near the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region of western Alaska on their Native land. For more information, visit donlingold.com.