Donlin gold mine in Alaska brings hope of jobs -- and fear of destruction

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By Lisa Demer
Alaska Dispatch, Anchorage
Saturday, August 23, 2014

DONLIN GOLD WORK CAMP, Alaska -- On a remote ridge in the big, open space between Bethel and Anchorage, where the land and minerals are owned by Alaska native corporations, developers want to cut deep into the earth to extract microscopic bits of gold.

The Donlin Gold project is moving quietly forward. Backers are seeking key government permissions and trying to secure the trust of local residents.

Developers say the mine's design will be the safest, most stable possible. A wealth of good jobs would open up in cash-starved western Alaska if Donlin is developed, project sponsors say.

Still, the nature of large-scale gold mining incites anxiety and doubt among people who depend on the land and water as their sources of food. ...

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