Residents oppose coal mining in Beluga

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011

We are writing in opposition to the Chuina Coal Mine. We have lived in Beluga for 37 years and have enjoyed hunting and fishing there. We do not believe that the coal field should be put in.

This land is "wetlands" and will ruin the salmon productivity in the Chuitna River. Not to mention that it will destroy Middle Creek by moving it 11 miles. Plus, you have the waste that the coal will be putting into the Chuit River and also Cook Inlet. This will damage the upper Cook Inlet by putting 7 million gallons of mine waste and runoff into the Chuitna River. The coal dust will not make it livable or healthy. Destroying 32 square miles of Chuitna watershed and 5,000 acres of wild lands and waters is destructive. How can this be good for anyone except for those wanting to line their pockets. The coal dust will affect Chugach Electric's Beluga Power Plant also. How are you going to protect our electric company from the damage it will do to turbines that produce electricity to Kenai, Homer, Anchorage, Talkeetna most of our cities and towns.

We do not want to set a precedent that coal companies can mine through salmon streams. This is so wrong. We are the "Last Frontier" and would like it to remain that way.

Emery and Helen Jadack, Beluga

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