The Ambler Road Scoping Process to Begin
The BLM announced that the environmental review process would begin for the 220 mile, state-funded road to the Ambler mining district. Read the Northern Center's reaction.
The Bureau of Land Management, the lead agency for the proposed industrial access road to the currently undeveloped Ambler mining district, today started its scoping process for the project's Environment Impact Statement (EIS). The Northern Center is disappointed to see the process moving forward given the amount of in-region objection: four key communities that will be directly impacted by the road have formal resolutions opposing it. The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and the State of Alaska continue to ignore these resolutions and the negative cultural, subsistence, budgetary, and environmental impacts a 220-mile road through the heart of the Brooks Range will have. A private road being built with public funds is an affront in our current State fiscal situation. The Governor has an opportunity to halt the process and allow wiser use of our rapidly diminishing State resources.
Read the BLM's notice of intent here.