Stop a Massive Open-Pit Coal Strip Mine on the Chuitna River

Chuitna River, Alaska | Sam Weis
Chuitna River, Alaska | Sam Weis

Developer PacRim Coal is seeking permits for a massive open-pit coal strip mine on the west side of Cook Inlet in Alaska. Phase 1 of the mine plan calls for completely removing 13.7 miles of wild salmon spawning and rearing streams, draining hundreds of acres of surrounding wetlands, and discharging seven million gallons of mine waste into the Chuitna River each day.

The Chuitna River provides habitat for all five species of wild Pacific salmon, which in turn support a commercial fishing economy, a sportfishing economy, and critical subsistence fishing for local residents of Tyonek and Beluga.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will have to decide in the next few months whether or not to issue permits that would allow the destruction of salmon habitat at the headwaters of the Chuitna River. Alaska decision-makers, including Governor Bill Walker and Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Commissioner Sam Cotten, need to hear that you care about protecting this important place.

Tell Governor Walker and Commissioner Cotten to protect this important habitat.

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