USNPS wants to comment on planned road through portion of Gates of the Arctic NP&Pres
It's not a question of whether a mine access road will be built across a section of Gates of the Arctic National Preserve in Alaska, but exactly how it is constructed. National Park Service staff say they are required by the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act to allow the road, but they have some control over the logistics of that construction.
Through the end of January park staff will be collecting public input for what should be considered in an environmental and economic impact analysis of the right-of-way application submitted by the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority as part of the proposed Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Project. Approximately 20 miles of the proposed road will cross Park Service lands in the Kobuk River unit of Gates of the Arctic National Preserve. Two alternative routes across NPS lands were identified in the project application materials. The analysis will examine each of these routes.