Chuitna River in Alaska Added to Endangered Rivers List For 2007
by admin ~ April 20th, 2007
Alaska community and environmental groups unite in media campaign to raise awareness for impacts of proposed coal mine in watershed of the Chuitna River in the Cook Inlet near Anchorage Alaska. The advocacy group American Rivers added the Chuitna to their list of endangered rivers for 2007, citing water quality and impacts on crucial salmon habitat as top concerns. The open pit strip mine proposal includes an area covering 30 square miles, a 12 mile long conveyor to transport coal to tidewater, and a 500,000 ton coal storage area along shores of Cook Inlet. Alaska Public Radio reports all of the coal from the proposed mine site will be shipped overseas (and will not be used as a domestic energy source). A final environmental impact statement is due in a year and a half. More information can be obtained from the Cook Inletkeeper community group, American Rivers website, and the Alaska Public Radio broadcast listed below.