Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 5:56 PM on Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Coal mining is an important issue in Alaska. Our coal resources are exported without ensuring that adequate mitigation measures for the runoff and environmental effects of strip mining are in place. I hope that your readers will join me in becoming more informed about the proposed Chuitna coal strip mine that is located across Cook Inlet from my home in Nikiski. Please make your opinion known to Gov. Sean Parnell.

I have written the following short letter to Gov. Parnell.

I do not support coal mining on the west side of Cook Inlet.

I urge you to petition the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to designate this area as unsuitable for coal mining due to the devastating effects that the mining will have on the Chuitna River and the communities of Tyonek and Beluga.

The proposed mine will be bad for human health, destroy habitat and be harmful to wildlife. There is no benefit for Alaskans that is worth this.

Thank you for considering my opinion.

Peter McKay

Kenai

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