|One of three salmon rivers to be killed|
From the AP:
Department of Natural Resources Commission Dan Sullivan issued his decision in a 109-page ruling.So is going to Mars "feasible." So is feeding every child on the planet "feasible." The reality, though, is that PacRim Coal LP can be sold to some scam offshore successor as soon as the mine has done its damage, leaving PacRim's executives and stockholders completely off the hook to do what Parnell's hacks are claiming to be "feasible" restoration.
In January 2010, the Chuitna Citizens Coalition and Cook Inletkeeper submitted a petition to protect Cook Inlet and its surrounding communities from environmental damage associated with strip mining proposed by Delaware-based PacRim Coal LP.
Part of PacRim's plan calls for the removal of 11 miles of Middle Creek, a tributary deemed by the Department of Fish and Game to be significant to salmon spawning in Cook Inlet. The company claims it would be able to restore the stream after more than 25 years of the mine's operation.
Sullivan ruled "that reclamation is technologically feasible."
And that is exactly what will happen at Chuitna, Wishbone Hill and Pebble - after the damage is done, the companies will find a way to walk away with their dirty profits and leave the restoration costs to taxpayers. Your children and grandchildren.
It happens all the time.
This is not good news. It may be the first of a set of decisions that lead to massive contamination of pristine areas in the outskirts of Palmer, across Cook Inlet, and in the uplands east of Bristol Bay (Pebble Mine). Citizens need to act together to stop these projects from happening in their current configurations.
How can you help?
By supporting Cook Inletkeeper (my wife and I are members, and about to raise our level of support), and of Friends of Mat-Su (also members, and I serve as secretary of FoMS's board of directors). By keeping well informed about mining issues in Alaska.
I'm not against mining and mineral extraction, but all three of these projects, as contemplated, are outrageous environmental crimes in the making.
Only YOU can stop them - by helping the organizations leading the fight for development sanity.