Project Report:
Cook Inletkeeper
- Investigates the causes of economic imbalances.
- Investigates causes tending to destroy or impair the free-market system.
- Explores and develops market-based solutions.


Inletkeeper will produce a new report detailing Alaska’s mining, royalty and bonding structure, with an additional analysis on the socioeconomic and natural resource costs imposed by hard rock mining. The report will discuss 1) the quantifiable effects of mining taxes, royalties and other mining revenues on the State of Alaska and local economies; and 2) in generalized terms, the various environmental and socioeconomic subsidies that may accrue to mining operations in Alaska.


This project will satisfy the Foundation’s guidelines by:

• Addressing the causes of economic imbalances by researching the “hidden” externalized costs of hard rock mining on Alaska’s people and natural resources;
• Investigating causes tending to destroy or impair the free-enterprise system by producing an analysis of Alaska’s mining tax, royalty and bonding structure as it relates to existing and proposed hard rock mines in Alaska;
• Disseminating information on the results and findings of a new Alaska Mining Taxes & Royalties Report, which will compare Alaska mining revenues to other industries (i.e., fishing and oil/gas) and assess Alaska’s tax burden on the mining industry compared to other states. This information will play a central role pressing for mining tax reform


The primary scope of this project is the State of Alaska, but the analysis found in the economic report produced under this proposal will be useful across other mining jurisdictions in the United States.

Amount Approved
$30,000.00 on 10/16/2020 (Check sent: 10/29/2020)

3734 Ben Walters Lane
Homer, AK 99603

(907) 235-4068 ext 21
(907) 235-4069 (fax)


Bob Shavelson
Inletkeeper, Cook Inletkeeper

Posted 10/1/2020 7:46 PM
Updated   1/15/2021 2:54 PM

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