Snowbird Ski resort owner proposes coal strip mine
Richard Bass, owner of the world-famous Snowbird ski resort in Utah, has formed PacRim Coal, LLC, to build what would be Alaska's biggest coal mine.
Bass's mine would threaten wild Alaskan salmon
Bass's Chuitna coal mine is proposed in the Cook Inlet watershed, one of Alaska's most productive salmon fisheries. It would directly mine through 11 miles of salmon spawning habitat in tributaries of the Chuitna River. If built, 7 million gallons of waste per day would be dumped into the Chuitna watershed -- irreversibly damaging the watershed, destroying the salmon fishery, and threatening the livelihoods of local fishermen.
The Chuitna River. Photo: Damion Brook Kintz
Bass's mine would threaten the world's climate.
The Chuitna mine would produce more than 12 million tons of coal annually, most of which would be exported to China and other Pacific Rim countries. That amount of coal would emit more than 27 million tons of carbon dioxide when burned. Snowbird, and all ski resorts, rely on cold, snowy winters. As global average temperatures rise, these are in increasingly short supply, so that many ski resorts have urged action on legislation that would address climate change.
Bass's mine would undermine previous environmental stewardship.
Snowbird has been a leader among ski areas in addressing global warming. The resort is an active participant in the National Ski Area Associations Sustainable Slopes program, receiving their top award in 2007. Investing in coal mining is not compatible with the environmental values Bass espouses, or the sustainability awards being heaped on Snowbird.
TAKE ACTION! Urge Richard Bass to remain true to his demonstrated commitment to environmental stewardship and withdraw from the Chuitna coal strip mine proposal.
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