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The Proposed Chuitna Coal Strip Mine
PacRim Coal, a Delaware corporation, is actively seeking state and federal permits to build and operate the Chuitna coal strip mine 45 miles west of Anchorage, near the communities of Tyonek and Beluga. PacRim clearly states: “approximately 17.4 km [11 miles] of total stream-channel [salmon] habitat will be removed during the mining operations;” Scientific experts concur, it is not possible to construct a new wild salmon spawning stream to the same level of productivity after mining ends. PacRim has not provided a single example of a strip-mined wild salmon spawning and rearing habitat that has been restored to premining productivity. Extensive searches of scientific literature have not produced any examples of successful restoration of a strip mined-wild salmon stream. Stripmining will interrupt groundwater flow and destroy the shallow aquifers that currently provide groundwater to streams. The uninterrupted flow of shallow groundwater to wild salmon spawning streams is essential for over-winter survival of eggs and fry. Recreating the structural complexity and interconnectivity of the below-ground sediment layers responsible for the transport of ground water into salmon streams is impossible. The long-term loss of marine-derived nutrients and wetlands (primary sources of nutrients for wild salmon streams) from 25+ years of proposed mining…
Impacts to Water
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Ladd Landing Beach
Impacts on a Way of Life
West Side of Cook Inlet
The Chuitna River – No Place for Coal Stripmine
Hunting and Trapping
Hunting and trapping in Game Unit 16B in the Chuitna watershed south of the Beluga River is much like is was in the frontier days. Access is limited and the area is very large. Cut-up by rivers, streams and wetlands, the lower watersheds are inhabited by beaver, mink, muskrats, and otter. While the lynx, wolf, fox, coyote, marten, parka squirrels, wolverine, and the weasel are found throughout the area. The predators like the wolf, coyote, lynx and fox are often followed by the wolverine as he likes to steal as much food as he can. This sometimes makes him an easy catch. The coyote and lynx do very well when the hare are plentiful and can make them much easier to trap. But make no mistake, neither one will be easy at any time. The coyote will test you at every moment, he has a great nose and if anything looks out of place he is gone. The lynx like to catch his prey in brush or holes and open country, where he is fast. This can make him a little bit predictable for the use of den sets that work well. The wolf is timid, clever, smart, and very…
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