SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - February 01, 2017) - NOVAGOLD Resources Inc.'s (TSX: NG) (NYSE MKT: NG) announcement that it is nearing the end of the Environmental Impact Statement process at its 50%-owned Donlin Gold project in Alaska was welcomed by a pair of observers.
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NOVAGOLD released its 2016 financial results on Jan. 25, and provided updates on the 50%-owned Donlin Gold project in Alaska and the 50%-owned Galore Creek project in British Columbia, including the news that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process at the Donlin project is nearing completion. The company stated that the lead permitting agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is working on the final EIS, and that "the Corps' schedule envisages the final EIS to be published in early 2018." The company also noted that "other permitting applications and submissions have been concurrently advanced with state and federal agencies."
Analyst Raj Ray of National Bank Financial Markets wrote in a Jan. 25 research flash that "Donlin Gold permitting enters last stretch with Final EIS expected by early 2018. . .the Donlin Gold permitting process is driven by the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) which requires the preparation of an EIS which is a detailed evaluation of the environmental effects of the proposed action and alternatives. . .the NEPA process drives the federal permitting timeline and state permits are anticipated to be issued once the federal process is completed."
On the financial side, Ray stated that NOVAGOLD "continues to maintain a strong financial position with cash and term deposits of ~US$105 mln at the end of fiscal Q4/16 which we believe is more than sufficient to complete permitting of Donlin Gold. . .the strong cash balance provides optionality protection over the next few years."
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