Sutton Residents Protest Controversial Wishbone Hill Project

Usibelli Coal’s Wishbone Hill project near Sutton could be producing in a year and a half, if all goes according to plan.  The coal mine has the backing of the Matanuska Susitna Borough, although some area residents who live close to the proposed mine are fighting the development. The Department of Natural Resources is to hold additional public hearings on  a permit renewal for the project this week in Sutton. Although the permit renewal is a standard procedure, anti-mine organizers are working to mobilize even Anchorage residents in what they are calling a “Tuesday Takedown” confrontation.

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