Posted February 12, 2019 09:10:08When Alaskans got a call from a friend asking about copper, they didn’t expect to find a gold mine.
Alaska’s largest copper mine was built in the 1930s and was the site of one of the nation’s first gold mines, and the state was the last in the country to mine copper.
The last of the state’s copper mines closed in the mid-1980s, and it’s still considered one of Alaska’s most dangerous mines.
The Alaskas copper mines were the largest in the world.
Today, the state produces just under 5 billion ounces of copper, and that’s less than half of what it produced in the 1800s.
Alaskis copper mines are located in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and some mines also are in the Great Basin.
The copper mines that have been shuttered are located on the north shore of the Aleutian Islands, and about 300 kilometres east of Kodiak.
Alaska’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) closed down the Copper Mine at the end of 2018 and the Copper Bell Mine in 2019.
Both copper mines had been in operation for decades, and both have since been closed.
In 2019, the Department of Interior and Environment (DOI) announced that the copper mine would be reopened.
The new Copper Mine opened on June 3, 2019, and was operated by the Copper Mining Corporation.
In 2017, it was reported that the mine’s owners were paying an estimated $1 million per year in royalties to the state.
The Copper Bell mine, on the other hand, was operated and managed by a different company called Alaska Silver Mines, and is operated by an independent mining company called Ketchikan Gold.
In 2016, Ketchikans owner, Michael Fisk, said the company would pay a total of $5.2 million to the State of Alaska in 2018.
The State of Alaska had previously said that it would pay $3.2 billion in royalties, but Fisk said that the royalties would only be paid once Ketchigans mine reopened in 2020.
The Department of the Interior has confirmed that the Copper and Silver mines have been closed, but it’s not clear what the future holds for the mines.
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