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Canyon Creek Coal Lease Sale

The State of Alaska is pressing forward with more short-sighted coal projects that will fragment and pollute important Cook Inlet salmon habitat. The state wants to lease more of our public lands for coal - nearly 20 square miles in the Susitna drainage, near Skwentna and the Iditarod Trail.

Canyon Creek Coal Lease Area | Photo by Ground Truth Trekking
Canyon Creek Coal Lease Area | Photo by Ground Truth Trekking

The State of Alaska is pressing forward with more short-sighted coal projects that will fragment and pollute important Cook Inlet salmon habitat. The state just leased more of our public lands for coal - nearly 20 square miles in the Susitna drainage, near Skwentna and the Iditarod Trail.

Allowing more open pit coal strip mines to impact healthy wild salmon habitat will only diminish wild salmon run strength, productivity and overall population health in the Susitna River drainage.

 

Background

Canyon Creek Coal mining in the Susitna River drainage will fragment and pollute important Cook Inlet salmon habitat. The Canyon Creek coal lease is a massive tract in the Susitna river system. Everything downstream from Canyon Creek will be affected by coal strip mining operations.

Coal strip mining is an intensive use of our public lands that can only lead to the loss and degradation of freshwater habitat, essential in wild Alaska salmon run strength, productivity and overall population health.

What: The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has sold a coal lease in Southcentral Alaska, near the town of Skwentna. The leases cover 13,175 acres and are estimated to contain 257.9 million short tons of sub-bituminous coal.

Where is Canyon Creek? The leases are located on the east flank of Dickason Mountain, about 18 miles southwest of Skwentna, in Southcentral Alaska.  The leases are about 40 miles north of the proposed Chuitna Coal Project, and 15 miles east of the Whistler gold/silver/copper mining prospect. Location outlined below in yellow.

- See more at: http://inletkeeper.org/issues/canyon-creek#sthash.1KRijMso.dpuf