Open Thread – Wishbone Hill
Attention South Central Alaskans!
Not a big fan of the idea of the Matanuska Valley being covered in coal dust? Then listen up.
This Tuesday, November 15, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm is the last chance to voice your concerns about the proposed Wishbone Hill Strip Mine! Please join us to send a strong message to the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. Testimony will be heard at the Sutton Elementary School at 11672 North Wright Way in Sutton.
Don’t feel like driving from Anchorage to Sutton? No problem! Join the Alaska Center for the Environment carpool. They will be meeting at 3:30pm at the Sierra Club (750 W. 2nd ave) and leaving from there.
For more great information on the Wishbone Hill coal mine, check out Castle Mountain Coalition HERE.
From their Facebook Event comments:
Apparently 130 families live a mere ONE MILE from the proposed Wishbone Hill mine in the Moose Creek area in Sutton. Most moved there for the PEACE AND BEAUTY of the moose range, something which could soon be completely taken away. It seems the proposed mine would also be directly upwind of 80,000 people.
The Chickaloon tribe reclamation efforts would probably be reversed if this proposed mine goes through since the coal mine company “plans to strip mine in the hillsides directly upstream of the newly restored salmon stream, and blast coal out of Wishbone Hill. Wishbone Hill may only be the start of turning the Matanuska Valley into the Appalachia of the North. We need your support to tell DNR to deny Usibelli’s permit renewal!” (ACAT, Fall 2011 newsletter)
[h/t Rita Campbell]