Bering River Coal Conservation
Your Letters and Support Needed
Could mountaintop removal coal mining occur in
the Prince William Sound watershed? Yes, it could. On the eastern side of PWS the Bering River Coalfield
sits on the headwaters of the Copper River Delta.
"With an estimated 35 million tons of recoverable
coal, the Bering River coalfield has literally fueled
a century long battle between conservationists
and developers. " - Eyak Preservation Council
The Bering coalfield patent was once owned by
Chugach Alaska Corp. who then sold the patent
in the 1980's to a South Korean Native Corp.
Today, the coal patent is up for sale once again.
And while interests would still like to mine
the 12,000 acre, high-quality bituminous coal
tract, the US Forest Service would
consider assisting with the purchase of the
patent in order to retire the Bering River coalfields.
Retiring the coalfields would preserve our world
class salmon habitat, and one of the most important
migratory shorebird stopovers on the western
seaboard. This act would work to change
the tone and structure of future fossil-fuel
development discussions in our area which
must include social and environmental justice.
"The far-reaching impacts would also include
leveraging comprehensive conservation deals
for the Chugach region, and would promote a
sane and sound connection between healthy
ecosystems, healthy economies and sustainable
communities." - Eyak Preservation Council
The Dept. of Agriculture has advised that more
Alaskan grassroots support through letters and
small donations would be necessary in order for
the Bering River to remain a high priority in theLand and Water Conservation Fund.
Please send your comments to:
Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack
U.S. Dept of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20250
Small donations may be made to the Pinchot Institute
for Conservation which has set up a trust account for
Bering Coal. If the deal does not go through, donors
will receive their donation back, with interest. Send
donations to the Eyak Preservation Council.