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Bluff could not withstand pressure from coalbed methane drilling

Posted: Monday, January 05, 2004

It is important for Alaskans of the Kenai Peninsula to understand that Homer cannot survive a coal bed methane drilling operation. Homer lies on a narrow bench between the sea and a high bluff. The body of the bluff in its climb (1000 feet) from bench to top is made up of layers of clay, sand, water, coal and methane gas. Coalbed methane operations ordinarily massage the gas from the coal with a treatment that uses extreme pressures of water.

The bluff, because of its sand and clay, cannot possibly stand against such rough handling. Homer residents will experience mudslides if coalbed methane drilling is allowed especially during break-up time.

Coalbed methane comes from Outside and coalbed methane drillers so far have never tried to drill in sloped residential towns like Homer. Power River Basin, Wyo., has a 3 percent slope. They surely would do a botched job in Homer.

It is clear that Alaskans need to rally against coalbed methane destruction and ask the state of Alaska to buy back the lease, especially in maritime towns like Homer.

James Donally, Homer



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