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 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Mining flourishes in interesting times

If you pay any attention to the popular press, it is difficult to avoid critical references to President Trump. He has become the effigy for everything from political division to global i... — Updated 11/27/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

The elephants in Alaska are everywhere!

Alaska, like Canada to the east and Russia to the west, is well known for its elephantine mineral deposits. Recognition of those deposits surfaces regularly. Sometimes they are... — Updated 9/26/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Federal permitting delays are a scandal

It is no secret that much of the western United States was built on the back of natural resources found on federal land or within adjacent federal waters. Likewise, it is no secret that... — Updated 9/6/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Trump policy changes face challenges

One of the highlights of my July each year is attending the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute because mining lawyers and landmen from across the continent gather to hear presentations... — Updated 7/25/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Alaska's regulations need streamlining

One does not have to be a septuagenarian to recall how things were before Richard Nixon signed the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act into law. Whole industries used the commons for... — Updated 6/27/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Mining is making it in the Last Frontier

It is difficult not to be optimistic about the future of the mining industry in Alaska these days. Although the industry is still No. 2 – as compared to oil and gas – it remains... — Updated 5/30/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Our stars are aligned as never before

I know that it is a perennial hazard for those of us who follow the mining industry to be optimistic in the Spring every year; but, somehow, I don't seem to be able to contain myself... — Updated 5/24/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Alaskan wins million-dollar moose hunt

I don't really know how much it has cost John Sturgeon to go to the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) twice in order to vindicate his right to use a hovercraft to go hunting on the... — Updated 4/12/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Fifty Miles From Tomorrow worth reading

Despite over four decades of working with the mining industry in Alaska, my travels rarely brought me to the northwest part of the state and my opportunities to interface with residents h... — Updated 2/28/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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What if they closed the government?

As you have heard by now, a large segment of the federal government has been furloughed over some sort of a squabble between the Leader of the Free World and the newly-elected Speaker of... — Updated 1/24/2019

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

A Taurus' Role in the Age of Aquarius

There can be no doubt that April 27, 1973, was an auspicious day in Nebraska, not just because Jason Brune, Governor-Elect Dunleavy's pick to become the Commissioner of the Alaska... — Updated 12/1/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
J.P. Tangen guest op-ed piece November 2018 North of 60 Mining News

Due process sometimes just isn't fair

I have always been bemused by an apparently historic inconsistency between the Declaration of Independence and the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. The first speaks of "life, liberty... — Updated 11/2/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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Global warming releases arctic methane

I always get a giggle when I hear the stark warnings about the death and destruction that are going to occur as the result of the huge contribution that anthropomorphic activities, especi... — Updated 10/5/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
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High praise due feds on Donlin decision

The Donlin Project took one step closer to becoming the next major mine in Alaska when on Aug. 13, the Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Interior signed off on a record... — Updated 9/7/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Alaska land status map U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Cheechakos keep coming into the country

Undoubtedly, one of the most fun parts of my vocation is introducing Cheechakos to mining in Alaska. Obviously, even the most experienced miners in the state can, and often do, get... — Updated 6/8/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Alaska is always on the receiving end

In my younger years, I was hornswoggled into believing in “truth, justice and the American way.” I had no idea how evil that “way” actually was. Later, as I progressed through... — Updated 4/26/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Miners and Lawmakers Pass in the Night

Arguably, the process of adopting laws and regulations is well-intentioned; but like the blind men trying to describe an elephant, those who embrace the tail perceive a creature much... — Updated 3/23/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

State administration gets into the weeds

In an earlier column (Dec. 24, 2017), the question of proposed regulations affecting mining on State land was flagged for readers’ attention because the initial scope of the contemplate... — Updated 2/22/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Irony abounds at confirmation hearing

Montana's lone Congressman, Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., who is President Trump's nominee to be the next Secretary of the Interior, was sautéed (fried quickly in hot oil) for four hours on... — Updated 1/28/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

May we always live in interesting times

I must be getting old because I remember when, in 1966, Robert Kennedy first uttered the so-called Chinese curse about living in interesting times. It is probably one of his more... — Updated 1/28/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Settlement puts Pebble back in play

Last week the Pebble Project announced that it had reached a settlement with the EPA of pending litigation in conjunction with the agency's previous determination to block the... — Updated 1/27/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

First step taken to curb Interior abuses

Although the Bureau of Land Management has been developing land management plans for decades, in the past those plans have had two qualities that made them tolerable. First, they were rel... — Updated 1/25/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

It's time to unpack your rock hammers

With the holidays in the rear view mirror and the convention season half-way over, mining operators in Alaska, big and small, are processing their paperwork for the upcoming field... — Updated 1/25/2018

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Miners should follow pending reg changes

For the past 20 months or so, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been wrestling with some proposed changes to the regulations concerning the location and maintenance of State... — Updated 12/24/2017

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Miners should follow pending reg changes

For the past 20 months or so, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has been wrestling with some proposed changes to the regulations concerning the location and maintenance of State... — Updated 12/23/2017

 

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