Alaska sues federal government, contending state controls riverbed, not BLM

In its complaint, Alaska said it gained title to submerged lands and navigable waters when it acquired statehood, unless the federal government made any claims prior. The state said the federal government based its claim to ownership on a 1984 administrative decision of the Alaska office of federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Chris Ford Frontiersman.com Alaska files lawsuit over […]

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Obama moves to lock up 6.5 million acres of resource-rich Alaska lands

Overall, 4.8 million acres would be closed off to mining in the Eastern Interior under the new plans, while 1.7 million would be potentially open to it. However, crucially, the proposed mining restrictions would have to be approved by the secretary of the interior, and also appear to be subject to congressional approval. President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration may be nearing, but […]

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BLM dumps ‘experimental’ survey method on Alaska that will be costly for state, private property owners

State officials said Tuesday the new system will pass huge costs to the state and private landowners. They said GPS coordinates are considered temporary placeholders, and state or private landowners will ultimately be required to hire surveyors to install the legally defensible monuments identifying property boundaries.  “The savings being realized by BLM are simply passing the costs onto the state,” […]

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Reversal of fortune? Small miner hopeful Trump will veto EPA block on Alaska mine

In February 2014, the EPA took the unusual action of blocking a mine before the project owner applied for a development permit. Trump win ignites hope for stalled Alaska copper, gold mine A small Canadian miner is confident Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential win will let it proceed with an application for a copper and gold mine in Alaska that has […]

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