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By Shane Lasley
Mining News 

Ruling threatens drill plans in Tongass

Reinstatement of 'roadless' rule in Southeast Alaska forest could block mineral exploration; Forest Service issues special permits

 

Last updated 8/28/2011 at Noon



A March ruling by U.S. District Judge John W. Sedwick, which reinstated the so-called "Roadless Rule" in the Tongass National Forest, promised an early end to Ucore Rare Metal Inc.'s 2011 exploration at its Bokan Mountain rare earth elements project on Prince of Wales Island and left several other Southeast Alaska mineral projects needing special permission to carry out planned drilling.

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