Talks progress on 220-mile Ambler road

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

A proposed 220-mile road to a copper deposit in the Northwest Arctic Borough will be discussed during a meeting in Kotzebue.

Reports say the meeting Wednesday will include the road's backer, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, and a game management group.

The road is only proposed at this point. It would go west from the Dalton Highway near Evansville, through the Gates of the Arctic National Preserve and end near three Upper Kobuk Valley communities.

A privately owned company is proposing the mine and projects it could produce 10 billion pounds of copper. The company's head says there won't be a mine without a road.

Not everyone supports the road. A lodge owner has started an online petition in opposition and has collected more than 1,600 signatures.