On August 26, 2011, the Denali Citizens Council (DCC) filed its opening brief in the Alaska Superior Court lawsuit against the Alaska Department of Natural Resources’ award of a gas exploration license on approximately 208,000 acres of state lands in the Denali Borough. The brief details the legal deficiencies in DNR’s decision to grant Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. a license to drill for gas, including coalbed methane, in our neighborhoods and special places, and to do so without meaningful protections for our interests and area values.
DCC is not opposed to this gas development project in its entirety, but we are opposed to this license as currently structured and will aggressively defend our interests and our rights. With modest changes in line with the drilling approach that Usibelli originally sought for the Healy area, we believe the interests of all parties can be met.
You may view the opening brief by clicking the link below:
For background on the Healy Basin Gas Exploration License, please see our write up on the topic and visit associated links.