Krysti Shallenberger, Alaska’s Energy Desk


Krysti Shallenberger reports on climate, energy and natural resources development for KYUK. She travels to Alaska by way of Washington D.C., where she was an editor at Utility Dive, a trade publication, and a reporting fellow at E&E News. Krysti also reported in Wyoming, Montana and Alabama. She holds a master's in journalism from the University of Montana, focusing on natural resource and environmental issues.   

The Donlin Mine could be one of the biggest gold mines in the world, if developed.
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Kwigillingok passed a resolution against the proposed Donlin gold mine last week. Tribal Administrator Darrel John says that the tribe has opposed the mine since it was first proposed in 2007. 

The proposed site for the Donlin gold mine would impact 3,500 acres of wetlands in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

More than 100 residents, six tribes, and one organization in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta sent a letter to Gov. Bill Walker protesting the proposed Donlin gold mine. Meanwhile, a national environmental group, Earthjustice, asked the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to deny a crucial permit for Donlin.

So far, four tribes have opposed the Donlin Mine through resolutions or marching against the project.

Two more tribes in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta oppose the proposed Donlin gold mine. Napakiak and Kongiganak passed resolutions last week against the mine, which would be one of the biggest in the world if developed.

The proposed Donlin Gold mine would be one of the biggest in the world if developed.
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Another tribe in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has come out against the proposed Donlin Gold mine. The Tuluksak Native Village Council passed a resolution on July 5 opposing the mine, which would be one of the biggest in the world if developed.

The camp for Donlin Gold employees is mostly empty this year as the company prepares for more permits.
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The Orutsararmiut Native Council hopes to gauge how residents in the Yukon-Kuskokwim region feel about the proposed Donlin Gold mine. Last week, the council sent a survey to villages up and down the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers.

Aiyu Zheng, a soon-to-be graduate student, checks soil moisture and temperatures as part of her research with the Polaris Project.
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For the last two weeks, a dozen college and graduate students have been camping out in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Their quest? To understand how climate change is affecting the tundra.

Bethel residents Beverly Hoffman and Danielle Craven handed out t-shirts protesting the Donlin Gold mine.
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Multiple shareholders voiced concerns over the proposed Donlin mine’s impact to subsistence living at Calista Regional Native Corporation’s annual meeting on Friday. 

Danielle Craven speaks to John Nick, a shareholder with the Calista Regional Native Corporation, about concerns over the environmental impacts of the proposed Donlin Mine.
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One of the largest gold mines in the world is being developed in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and that worries many people in the region. Residents are spread out over 55,000 square miles, which creates hurdles toward information getting to people. 

The Calista Corporation owns the mineral rights to the land where the Donlin gold mine is being developed.
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A new organization plans to protest the proposed Donlin Gold mine on Friday at the annual meeting of the Calista Regional Native Corporation, which owns the mineral rights on the land where the mine would be located. The Yukon-Kuskokwim River Alliance will host a sit-in before the shareholder meeting held at Bethel Regional High School.

The group is a new local working group that was formed last month to oppose the Donlin mine and protect salmon habitats in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

The proposed site for what could be one of the largest gold mines in the world: the Donlin mine.
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Governor Bill Walker made headlines this past weekend after he requested that the Army Corps of Engineers suspend the Environmental Impact Statement for the controversial Pebble mine in Bristol Bay.

But Walker, who is running for re-election as an Independent, and three other top gubernatorial candidates have pledged support for the Donlin mine, which would be the one of the biggest gold mines in the world. Walker says that Donlin, so far, appears to be following the rules of regulatory process.