One of the world’s largest gold mine prospects received two key federal permits.

The Bureau of Land Management Monday issued a natural gas pipeline permit enabling Donlin Gold to build a line from west Cook Inlet to the mine site in southwestern Alaska. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also issued a permit under the Clean Water Act.

The Donlin Gold Project is still years away from production, but the developers call the permitting “substantial.”

Donlin Gold’s owners, NovaGold Resources and Barrick Gold U.S., still have several state and federal permits to obtain, but receiving these permits took six years.

Calista Corp owns the minerals and The Kuskokwim Corp. owns the surface lands at Donlin Gold, ownership established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

Both have agreements with Donlin Gold.

“Calista feels that the project represents a significant and positive opportunity for our region and shareholders,” said company CEO and president Andrew Guy." One of our duties as a Native corporation is to responsibly develop the land." 

“The original Calista board and other early regional leaders selected this land as part of ANCSA to provide economic opportunities for our region while safeguarding our resources for future generations,” said Andrew Guy, Calista president and CEO.

Donlin is among the largest known undeveloped gold deposits with an estimated 33.8 million ounces of gold reserves. The mine sits about 10 miles from Crooked Creek Village.

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