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 By Ron Thiessen    Opinion
Drill rigs test porphyry copper gold molybdenum silver rhenium deposit

A lot riding on Alaska's Pebble Mine

Northern Dynasty Minerals first set its sights on Alaska's Pebble deposit in the 1990s. After acquiring the property in 2001, the company spent more than a decade and close to $1 billion... — Updated 10/1/2020

 
Jim McDougall at Windy Craggy cobalt copper gold silver zinc deposit BC

It is time for a new look at Windy Craggy

N'tsi Tatay, more widely known as the Windy Craggy Project, is one of North America's largest resources of cobalt with excellent copper, zinc, gold, and silver grades hosted in an Upper... — Updated 9/26/2020

 
 By Shane Lasley    Opinion
Butterfly Effect winds of change Covid 19 coronavirus positive change Earth

Coronavirus Effect blows wind of change

In what may be the world's grandest example of the Butterfly Effect, a microscopic organism in China has caused a hurricane of change for every person on Earth. For now, this change is... — Updated 9/26/2020

 
Sturgeon v. Frost moose hunting Nation River hovercraft Stoel Rives

National Park laws are different in Alaska

Alaska is different - it has moose hunters on hovercrafts, many large national parks, and certain unique federal laws. On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that National... — Updated 9/25/2020

 
 By J.P. Tangen    Opinion
RBG evening vigil Supreme Court steps Washington DC

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has earned her paean

We all join in mourning the passing of one of the truly great Justices of the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS). Not because of her bent, but because she personified the finest... — Updated 9/24/2020

 
 By J P Tangen    Opinion

Environmental NGO slanders Alaskans

If anyone has not yet read Mike Satre’s excellent editorial in the October 2019 edition of the Alaska Miner magazine they should stop what they are doing right now and read what he has... — Updated 8/14/2020

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Modern mines must absorb social costs

Each July for the past four decades I have traveled to the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation’s Annual Institute for the purpose of maintaining my credentials as a lawyer and to... — Updated 7/30/2020

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Underground miner N95 mask Covid 19 hardhat hammer PPE interesting times

The times keep getting more interesting

Political differences, public demonstrations, a mortal pandemic, climate evolution, economic rebalancing plus a flood of other disasters have welled up over the past score of years to... — Updated 7/10/2020

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
President Donald Trump cuts regulation red tape

Alaska's miners need to go back to work

If I were to write a letter to the President of the United States, it would probably go something like this: Dear Mr. President – Notwithstanding the aggressive Executive Orders that... — Updated 5/28/2020

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Haul trucks at Kinross Gold Fort Knox Mine Interior Alaska

Mining is Alaska's workhorse industry

Since statehood at least and, to a certain extent, since the earliest territorial days, Alaska has depended on the development of its resources for its prosperity. Fishing and mining... — Updated 4/30/2020

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Geologist social distancing while exploring the Ambler Mining District Alaska

The future of mining in a changing world

In the current environment, it is difficult to avoid discussing the elephant in the room. Essentially, we need to understand how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect mining activities in... — Updated 3/26/2020

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion
Alaska capitol building Juneau Alaska

Alaska's Legislature moves mountains

It is the very nature of the legislative process for the participants to endure conflict and controversy. Generally, the confrontations endemic to law-making begin when a citizen files... — Updated 2/28/2020

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Regulatory burden relief gains traction

A priority of the Trump administration in 2016 was the reduction of the regulatory burden on America's businesses. Three years ago, the President signed Executive Order 13771, "Reducing... — Updated 1/30/2020

 
 By J. P. Tangen    Opinion

Opposition to Alaska mining is shameful

This author, in this column and elsewhere, has often taken the position that Alaska, especially in remote locations, is the safest, most environmentally-sound and worker-friendly mining... — Updated 1/10/2020

 
 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
Alaska mines development and mineral exploration projects AMA

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
Who owns Alaska map - federal state Alaska Native corporations

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

EPA, Corps to release wetlands regulations

Earlier this month the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) announced that they were proposing “a clear, understandable, and implementable... — Updated 12/27/2018

 

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