Sutton Residents File Complaint Against Coal Mine Development To DNR

Residents opposed to the development of a coal mine near Sutton have filed a citizens’ complaint with the Department of Natural Resources.

The letter was brought to DNR commissioner Dan Sullivan’s office in late November, claiming that Usibelli Coal Company, which is engaged in coal exploration activities at Wishbone Hill, has not been operating with a valid permit.

Jaime Duhamel is a spokesperson for the Mat Valley Coaltion, which opposes the mine at Wishbone Hill.  Duhamel says that the letter was filed by the legal firm Trustees For Alaska on behalf of the members of the Mat Valley Coalition.  Duhamel says the complaint has caught the attention of the Federal Office of Surface Mining.

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