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Monday, March 17, 2008

Residents suing over proposed Chuitna coal mine

by Rebecca Palsha
Monday, March 17, 2008

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Chuitna River residents are going to court to fight a coal mine being built in their area.

Residents filed an appeal with the Alaska Superior Court Monday.

The suit challenges Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Irwin's refusal to consider a petition designating land within the Chuitna River watershed as unsuitable for surface coal mining.

Delaware-based Packrim Coal wants to develop the area on the west side of Cook Inlet, about 45 miles from Anchorage.

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