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Issues tagged Southcentral Alaska

Augustine Geothermal: Mt. Saint Augustine This active volcano forms an island in the western part of Cook Inlet. GET PHOTO Background The state of Alaska will offer 65,992 acres of land on Augustine Island for geothermal exploration at an upcoming lease sale, ... [read-more]
Beatson Copper Mine: Beatson Mine Mine debris at Beatson Mine GET PHOTO SummaryThe Beatson copper mine in Prince William Sound produced over 182 million pounds of copper from 1904-1930.  The mine site has an ongoing problem with acid mine drainage and is responsible ... [read-more]
Beluga Coal-to-Liquids (CTL): Winter sunrise on the Chuitna River In the winter of 2008, we skied through the site of the proposed Chuitna Coal Mine on our way to the Aleutian Islands. GET PHOTO PacRim Coal is pursuing a possible coal mine in ... [read-more]
Bering River Coal Field: Background Kushtaka Lake An aerial view of Kushtaka Lake, looking out over the Bering River Delta GET PHOTO The Bering River Coal Field is a bituminous coal field, located near Bering Glacier, between Icy Bay and the mouth of the ... [read-more]
Canyon Creek Coal Leases: Your browser does not support iframes. Canyon Creek Coal Lease Area DNR is proposing a competitive lease sale here near the Squentna River, on the eastern edge of the Susitna Valley. SummaryThe Alaska Department of Natural Resources has decided to ... [read-more]
Chickaloon Coal Leases: SummaryPlans for developing the Chickaloon Coal Field in the Matanuska Valley were previously abandoned in 2007, but were resurrected in 2011 when the Alaskan Mental Health Trust Authority (AMHTA) offered up 10,000 acres of coal leases.  The company which obtained ... [read-more]
Chuitna Coal Mine Prospect: A journey to Chuitna ...We began with a mission to look for coal. And we found a little. But as soon as we stepped away from the scattered coal boulders in the Chuitna River, it disappeared – hidden deep beneath ... [read-more]
Drift River Oil Terminal: Tanks at the Drift River Oil Terminal Storage tanks for oil source: Carl Johnson (copyright held by photographer) Introduction  The Drift River Oil Terminal is a short-term oil storage facility on Cook Inlet that is controversial due to its vulnerability to ... [read-more]
Earthquakes and the Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project: Watana Rapids The proposed dam site is just downstream of these rapids. In some areas, rapids overlie active faults, where differential uplift steepens the river over a short distance. GET PHOTO Overview The proposed Susitna-Watana dam site lies in a ... [read-more]
Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: SummaryThe 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil spill released millions of gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound Alaska.   The spill immediately resulted in the death of oiled wildlife and significant reductions in tourism, recreational fishing and commercial fishing.  Long-term direct ... [read-more]
Fire Island Wind: SummaryThe first phase of the Fire Island Wind project, which began operation in September 2012, is expected to provide up to 17.6 MW of electricity to the Chugach Electric utility in Anchorage. The cost of this project is expected to ... [read-more]
Glacier Retreat in Alaska: Glacier Retreat in Alaska The Dead and the Dying - through the glaciers of Tutka Valley READ ARTICLE Last winter's meager snowfall was followed by volcanic ash, then a warm sunny spring, melting the mountains back to bare ice and ... [read-more]
Jonesville Coal Mine: Background Mine-water settling pond Two ponds alternate in the role of settling sediment carried by a stream coming out of the old Evan Jones coal mine. GET PHOTO The Evans Jones Coal Mine operated between 1920 and 1968 in Sutton, ... [read-more]
Kenai Blue Sky Coal Power: Kenai Fertilizer Plant Site of the now-closed Agrium plant near Nikiski source: Cook Inletkeeper (2008) Copyright held by photographer The Kenai Blue Sky Coal Plant was a proposed $1.5-2 billion integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) plant proposed by Agrium Inc. to be ... [read-more]
Kenai Peninsula Borough Anadromous Streams Ordinance: Waterways affected by ordinance GET PHOTO Executive SummaryThis ordinance establishes a buffer zone of limited development within 50 feet of anadromous (salmon-bearing) waters, to protect fish habitat. Waters are defined based on Fish and Game's catalog of anadromous waters, with ... [read-more]
Kennecott Copper Mine: SummaryThe Kennecott Copper Mine, for a time the largest copper mine in the world, operated from 1911 to 1938 in what is now Wrangell St. Elias National Park.   The mine produced a total of around 4.6 million tons of ore, ... [read-more]
Matanuska Coal Plant: Matanuska Electric Association (MEA) began working on a proposal for a 100-megawatt circulating fluid bed coal plant to be located south of Palmer, AK and supplied with coal from Usibelli Coal Mine Inc. From the start, this was strongly opposed ... [read-more]
Mt. Spurr Geothermal: Mt. Spurr This active volcano juts above the winter skyline. GET PHOTO SummaryThe proposed Mt. Spurr geothermal project, located about 75 miles west of Anchorage, has the potential to produce 50-100 MW of electricity annually.  Exploration is currently underway to ... [read-more]
Natural Gas in Cook Inlet: datamooseCallbacks_063qHrtNlgY0.push(function(datamooseIframe){ $("#DatamooseDescriptionWrapper-data-output-embed-131-063qHrtNlgY0").css('display','block') $("#DatamooseDescriptionWrapper-data-output-embed-131-063qHrtNlgY0").width( }); Cook Inlet Natural Gas Production and Export: Production and Exports of Natural Gas in Cook Inlet (1958-2010) FULL FIGURE SummaryThe natural gas produced in Cook Inlet is the primary source of energy and heat for the ... [read-more]
Port MacKenzie Rail Extension: Summary The Matanuska-Susitna Borough is pursuing development of a 32-mile rail extension that would link Port MacKenzie to the existing rail system in Alaska.   With state funding, the project could be completed in 2014 at a capital cost of ... [read-more]
Queen Chrome/Red Mountain Mine: Summary Mine shaft Until prices tanked in the 1950s, Chrome was mined here. GET PHOTO The Queen Chrome Mine (often called "Red Mountain Mine") operated on Red Mountain near the town of Seldovia from 1942-1944 and again from 1952-1957.  The ... [read-more]
Salmon: (Author's Note:  This article was written in 2007 by Erin McKittrick as part of our preparation for the Journey on the Wild Coast.  For up to date and more neutral articles on a variety of natural resource issues in Alaska ... [read-more]
Seward Coal Terminal: Loading coal A worker stands in a plume of coal dust, as coal pours into a ship at the Seward port. GET PHOTO The Seward Coal Loading Facility, referred to as the Seward Coal Terminal, was built in 1984 to ... [read-more]
Stone Horn Ridge Underground Coal Gasification (CIRI UCG): Background Marsh meander Land within the CIRI UCG lease GET PHOTO On October 9th, 2009 the Cook Inlet Region Inc (CIRI) native corporation announced plans to build a 100 MW Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) plant on the west side of ... [read-more]
Tangle Lakes/MAN Prospect: Summary Tangle Lakes Area A river in the Tangle Lakes Area source: Northern Alaska Environmental Center (2007). Copyright held by photographer. The MAN project (also known as the Tangle Lakes project) is a large collection of nickel-copper-platinum mining leases spread over ... [read-more]
Tidal Power in Cook Inlet: Tidal bore The rapidly rising tide on Turndagain Arm forms a tidal bore. GET PHOTO SummaryWith their large dynamic range, the tides in Cook Inlet have the potential to be an important renewable power source for the region.  Studies are ... [read-more]
Tyonek Coal-to-Liquids (CTL): SummaryIn October 2010, the Tyonek Native Corporation (TNC) announced that they had signed an agreement with a technology company called Accelergy to develop a coal-to-liquids (CTL) plant on Tyonek land.  This facility would produce aviation fuel as well as gasoline ... [read-more]
Underground Coal Gasification (UCG): Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) involves igniting coal in the ground, then collecting and using the gases that result from its partial combustion. Although the idea dates back over a century, very few UCG plants have ever been built. Underground gasification ... [read-more]
Whistler Gold/Silver/Copper Prospect: SummaryThe Whistler gold/silver/copper prospect is located on the Skwentna River, about 100 miles northwest of Anchorage.  The current official resource estimate (a sum of the indicated plus inferred resource) is around 3 million ounces of gold, 13 million ounces of ... [read-more]
Wishbone Hill Coal Mine: BackgroundThe Wishbone Hill Mine is a proposed mine site in the Matanuska Valley approximately 5 miles west of downtown Sutton, AK.  The site is on the border of the Sutton/Alpine and Buffalo/Soapstone Community Council boundaries and is less than a ... [read-more]

Journeys tagged Southcentral Alaska

The Dead and the Dying: A trip through the glaciers of Tutka Valley originally posted to the Ground Truth Trekking blog on September 13 2009  Last winter's meager snowfall was followed by volcanic ash, then a warm sunny spring, melting the mountains back to bare ... [read-more]
Circling the Sound: This essay was written by Bjorn Olson and Kim McNett describing their circumnavigation of Prince William Sound in the summer of 2010 Your browser does not support iframes. Our Route Background      In the summer of 2010, Kim and I ... [read-more]
Close Encounter with a Grizzly Bear: An essay by Mike Borden “What followed was utter disbelief. We stood there wide eyed as we each processed what had just happened.” Exhausted and relieved, we pulled our kayaks ashore.  Over the better part of the last two days, ... [read-more]

Photos tagged Southcentral Alaska

Lingering Oil
Lingering Oil
Jackup rig in Cook Inlet
Exploration rig entering Kachemak Bay
Exploration rig entering Kachemak Bay
Exploration rig entering Kachemak Bay
Devil's Canyon, Susitna River
Buccaneer Jackup Rig in transit
Transport ship Kang Sheng Kou
Senecio pseudoarnica (Beach sunflower)
Sandstone boulders
Wet trail
Fall mushrooms
Fly amanita (Amanita muscaria)
Mushroom castle
Sunset on Augustine
Culvert failure
Buried vehicle
Big tree, tiny mushrooms
Red Mountain road washed out
Slide on Iliamna
Slide on Iliamna 2
Highbush cranberry (Viburnum edule)
Moth atop mushroom
Wood Fish Lake
Bruce Spanworm (Operophtera bruceata) on Alder
Alder defoliation
Alder and spruce
Cruise ship pollution
Packed harbor
Firing up engines
In Port
Cruise ship pollution
Seldovia valley
Seward Coal Terminal
Spruce and frost
Film crew struggles in the rain
View from a cave
Cobble ridge
Kids in a Cave
Blue Sky, Winter Day
Sea Otter Skeleton
Floating Islands in Fire
Balancing the Ball
Sunset Ship
Sunset and Volcano
Dusk on Cook Inlet
Nearly Hidden
Big waves at Seldovia Point
Storm waves over snow
Crashing storm waves
Big frost
Bruce Platform
Spark Platform
Headed home
Osprey Platform
Red Octopus
Lingering oil after 25 years
EVOS oil in 2014
Oil residue on beach
Lingering oil survey
Oily Gravel from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Surveying lingering oil in Prince William Sound