Alaska mining road dealt another blow as support shrinks

By Hannah Northey | 05/09/2024 01:28 PM EDT

An Alaska Native corporation that controls land in the northwest part of the state has withdrawn its support for the road.

A small mountain lake near the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.

A small tarn is seen in a hidden valley at the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in Alaska. A proposal for a mining road would route it through the park. Cadence Cook/National Park Service via AP

The embattled Ambler mining road in Alaska hit another speed bump this week.

An Alaska Native corporation that has for years backed the 211-mile mining road announced that it’s withdrawing support, another blow for a project the Biden administration appears poised to reject.

In response, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA), the state-owned development bank trying to build the project, said it plans to reroute the road to avoid millions of acres belonging to northwest Alaska’s regional Native corporation.


The rift highlights growing tensions around a project that’s already on rocky footing.