I am a long time Nome resident and am aware of the problems with NovaGold's Rock Creek Mine. I, and other concerned citizens, have been working hard to watchdog their activities and Alaska Gold Company and Nova Gold Resources know it.
This public policy of being "open and tranparent" is a fallacy on the mining company's part. Their idea of informing the public about sodium cyanide is to compare it (industrial strength, inorganic sodium cyanide) to the organic cyanide found in appleseeds. See the Bucketline series that ran in the Nome Nugget. I wonder (metaphorically speaking) what happens when an appleseed comes into contact with water? What happens when the pellets used in cyanide leaching come in contact with water? I'll give you a hint...one kills you quickly and the other one floats around (bobs up and down in the water so to speak). There are many other examples of NovaGold's "open and tranparent" policy elsewhere. They tend to sugarcoat things at best or use propaganda techniques at worst.
We are holding them to task. Our community is already contaminated with the leavings of the gold mining operations of the past and present. Clean up will happen at the expense of the companies who made our community what is is today. A toxic soup for people to swim around in and reap the reprecussions both health and financial.
Thanks for your comment. It helps to have more knowledge out here.
When I started reading your newspaper about Nova Gold & Berrick Gold doing their mining with the use of cyanide it made me a little upset. It sounds like Nome is trying to catch up with New Yorkís expensive environmental cleanup that big companies leave behind.
Berrick Gold will tell you anything to get their cyanide into your environment. Or providing Employment for 15 dollars an hour, big deal their employees will be living from pay check to pay check. They will probably make more money trying to clean up the mess they leave behind.
Now the city of Nome is going to hire Jim Munter to see if rock creek will have an impact
On moonlight wells our drinking water. Trust me the 5,000 that the city will pay for Jim Munterís best guess will not even come close to what Nome would have to pay for a real investigation.
Mr. Munter told NJU that the Moonlight springs aquifer may pass under the Nome joint Utility.
So we drilled behind the line crew shop 600 ft. and hit nothing. In order to determine if rock creek will have any impact on moonlight springs one would have to drill a string of wells from moonlight springs to Rock creek, and 5,000 will not cover that. So what you will get is Mr Munterís best guess.
My best guess is that moonlight springs have two aquifers that feed it. One aquifer is localized i.e. Anvil mt. And another Aquifer that runs north in a string of mountains. Maybe as far as Salmon Lake, like Nome River.
Well good luck!
Robert E. Russell Sr.