Alaska mine worth $300 billion

10 September 2011 | 04:28 Code : 20771 Geoscience events
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Alaska’s Pebble deposit presents big problems for Northern Dynasty, the junior....

Alaska’s Pebble deposit presents big problems for Northern Dynasty, the junior Canadian miner that wants to cash out of its sole asset. Pebble has an eye-popping recoverable resource of 67 million ounces of gold and 55 billion pounds copper with some molybdenum thrown in for good measure which at today’s prices is worth over $300 billion in total.

The Vancouver company shares the venture with Anglo-American but the $4.7 billion development costs could be too rich even for the London-listed giant’s blood. Apart from the problem of finding a heavyweight buyer for its 50%, Dynasty also faces opposition from a $150 million a year salmon fishery near the site and local environmental protesters who have enlisted the support of Hollywood celebrities like Robert Redford.


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