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Low prices hurting Alaska, Yukon mining industry

...drop in mine production and exploration spending in both Alaska and the Yukon this year, according to geologists. David Szumigala, senior minerals geologist for Alaska, told the Whitehorse Star that the state is seeing a major reduction in exploration...
Alaska editorial: The value of Alaska mining operations hit a landmark this year, surpassing the $2 billion mark for the first time. State senior mineral geologist David Szumigala, with the Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys in Fairbanks, broke the news at the Yukon Geoscience Forum...
Interest in Alaska gold - from novices to companies - rises amid high commodity prices

...known points to great potential across Alaska for a variety of metals, including gold, copper and platinum, said David Szumigala, a senior minerals geologist with the state.Over the last 20 years or so, about 200 million ounces of gold have...
Drilling increases estimates of Pebble ore reserves

...values, which correspond to richer grades. "If the price of metals went down, you could still mine it," said David Szumigala, a geologist with the state Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. Drilling at Pebble last year helped...
Alaska mines set output record in '07

...compared to $344 million in 2006. Mining became costlier last year, mostly because of high fuel prices, said David Szumigala, a state geologist. Many of Alaska's remote mines are powered by diesel generators. The cost of running the generators...


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