Alaska agency criticized over $35M mining road approval

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The largest private landowner in Alaska has criticized a state agency for using an emergency meeting intended to discuss the coronavirus to set aside $35 million for a mining road in northwest Alaska.

    The Anchorage Daily News reports the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority approved funding for the 200-mile industrial road that would pass through the Arctic National Park to access an undeveloped copper-zinc mineral belt.

    Board member Al Fogle said the project would stimulate job creation amid the pandemic.

    Alaska Native corporation Doyon Limited President Aaron Schutt said the agency does not have right-of-way access and as such can not immediately create jobs.

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