RDC Comments on DNR Mining Regulations in response to Senate Bill 155

February 19, 2021

Brandon McCutcheon
Division of Mining, Land and Water
550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1070

Anchorage, AK 99501-3579

Submitted via [email protected]

Dear Mr. McCutcheon:

The Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc. (RDC) is writing to comment on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) proposed regulation changes in Title 11 of the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with mining rights, in response to the passage of Senate Bill 155. 

RDC is a statewide trade association comprised of individuals and companies from Alaska’s fishing, forestry, mining, oil and gas, and tourism industries. RDC’s membership includes Alaska Native corporations, local communities, organized labor, and industry support firms. RDC’s purpose is to encourage a strong, diversified private sector in Alaska and expand the state’s economic base through the responsible development of our natural resources.

It is a policy of RDC to advocate for policy that enhances the State of Alaska’s competitiveness for all industries to attract new investment and grow the economy. RDC appreciates DNR’s efforts in this area.

RDC is on the record strongly supporting Senate Bill 155 (Session Law of Alaska 2020, Chapter 31), and continues to support the careful and thoughtful implementation of the proposed revisions. It is important to our members that DNR carefully considers the responses it receives to the proposed changes. Further, RDC respectfully endorses the suggestions for revision and clarification submitted by the Alaska Miners Association.

RDC appreciates the opportunity to comment and will provide additional feedback upon review of the next steps.


Resource Development Council for Alaska, Inc