Coal Mine Area

Location

  • Located 10 to 12 miles inland from the Cook Inlet
  • Located primarily within the upper 40% of the drainage basin of Stream 2003

Operations

  • Depth of the coal ranges from as shallow as 20 feet to as deep as 350 feet
  • The coal will not be chemically treated; there will not be a mill, wash plant or tailings pond
  • The coal will be crushed to a size suitable for handling and loading on the conveyors and transport
  • Crushing will take place entirely within an enclosed structure equipped with dust control equipment

Reclamation

  • Operations will be conducted with proven Contemporaneous Reclamation practices which means coal will be removed from an area (about 250 acres each year), and following removal of the coal, the reclamation process for that area will begin with pit backfill
  • Backfill procedures include placing finer materials and clays first followed by gravels and topsoil. The clays create a layer capable of supporting near surface ground water flows and streams
  • Early in the life of the mine, the acres under reclamation will exceed the acres being mined
  • Streams and riparian zones will be constructed in near original locations with existing materials
  • Uplands will be reclaimed in consultation with the landowner, the Mental Health Trust Land Office