Ambler Mining District Industrial Access Project

Bureau of Land Management

About 40 people showed up Monday at a meeting in Fairbanks to offer comments for and against a proposed North Slope oil and gas project. Supporters say development of ConocoPhillips’s Willow prospect would create jobs and boost Alaska’s economy. Opponents warn it would further harm the environment and the health of people who live nearby. They also told federal officials to stop trying to rush the review process and give them more time to study the proposal.

Bureau of Land Management

A draft environmental impact statement for the state proposed Ambler Road is out for public comment. The Bureau of Land Management document is a step toward permitting the over 2 hundred mile industrial access road from the Dalton Highway to the Ambler Mining District. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, the road promises new development and raises environmental concerns.


A senior official with the Alaska Economic Development and Export Authority says the proposed road to the Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska will be built only if the state gets firm financial commitments from companies that’ve expressed interest in the area. The AIDEA official told a group Wednesday at the Alaska Mining Association biennial conference that the state also would use that public-private partnership to improve the road, if more mining companies find additional deposits to develop in the area.