FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Public comment is being held by the Bureau of Land Management on Monday about the proposed Ambler Road through northwest Alaska. The over 200-mile project would link Alaska's road system north of Fairbanks to the Ambler Mining District, ending near Ambler and other villages.
BLM's Ambler Road environmental impact statement draft was published on August 30th. When it was released, BLM began a 45 day public comment period. According to the Central Yukon Field Office's Field Manager, Tim La Marr, Monday's comment session is part of roughly 20 public meetings they have planned throughout communities in the project area.
La Marr says BLM takes public comment very seriously.
“The purpose of the public comment period is for folks to give us helpful insights, information and help us inform, of course forward, on the project," said La Marr. "That can be either through informing us of things we have missed in our analysis, of additional issues we need to take into consideration that we haven’t so far, or helping us identify different alternatives that we haven’t considered before.”
La Marr says public comment will be added to the environmental impact statement, which is scheduled to be finalized at the end of this calendar year.
For those who were unable to attend Monday's meeting, BLM is accepting letters and emails on Ambler road until October 15th.
BLM's decision on the project is expected to be made early in 2020.
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