Target: Andy Mack, Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner
Goal: Stop PacRim Coal’s application for a coal export mine that would block an entire salmon stream’s migration.
Alaska’s proposed Chuitna Coal Strip Mine would eradicate an entire salmon stream. PacRim Coal has applied for a mining permit for an export mine that would completely block Alaskan salmon migration, a journey these fish have made annually for 10,000 years. The proposed site is located 45 miles west of Anchorage, and would encompass over 14 miles of wild salmon streams. This would be the largest coal strip mine in Alaska and the first to destroy an entire salmon waterway
It is not only the salmon who are in danger from PacRim Coal’s proposal. The historically large coal strip mine would remove 300 feet of soil and rock, destroying wetlands and streams, as well as the the local landscape and underlying geology. This destruction is proposed in the name of greedy developers in Delaware who hope to exploit the natural resources of Alaska in order to extract 300 million tons of coal in just 25 years.
Coal is a dying industry. Scientists overwhelmingly agree that over-reliance on fossil fuels is harming our environment and contributing to climate change. However, as the wild lands of Alaska and its natural inhabitants are destroyed, the coal business is only concerned with the bottom line. Sign our petition to help stop this outrageous proposal in order to protect wild salmon and their natural environment.
Dear Commissioner Andy Mack,
As the new Commissioner of the the Alaskan Department of Natural Resources, you now play an integral role in protecting the wildlife and culture of America’s most beautiful landscape. This must begin by drawing a firm line against new coal expenditures that seek to destroy salmon streams and stop their historic and important annual migration. Not only are salmon culturally significant and environmentally vital, they are an untouchable resource of the Alaskan economy.
PacRim Coal has submitted a proposal to build the Chuitna Coal Strip Mine, the first of its kind in Alaska, that would totally obliterate a salmon stream. We urge you to listen to the tens of thousands of local residents who have spoken out against this proposal. The salmon of Alaska are a revered species and we all must do our part to protect them. That is why we urge you to deny PacRim Coal’s proposal to build the Chuitna Coal Strip Mine and create a firm precedent to the dying coal industry–our salmon are here to stay.
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Photo Credit: Bureau of Land Management