Resource Development Council

RDC Action Alert:
Support Usibelli Coal Mine’s Extension
to Exploration Permit for Wishbone Hill

Read RDC's comment letter

Comment deadline was June 2, 2010


Usibelli Coal Mine, Inc. has applied for a two-year extension to the existing exploration permit for the Wishbone Hill Project located northeast of Palmer. If approved, exploration activities would include drilling up to 20 holes to study area geology, most of which will be sealed upon completion except for a few possible well monitoring locations.

The State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is currently reviewing the application. The Department will take public comments until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, 2010.

A public meeting was held at the Sutton Elementary School, 4 Wright Way, Sutton AK 99674, on Wednesday, April 28, 2010.

How to comment:

Send written comments to:

Mr. Russell Kirkham
State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources
Division of Mining, Land and Water
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 920
Anchorage, AK 99501

Fax: (907) 269-8930


Points to consider:

  • This is an extension of an existing permit. Neither the permit, nor the exploration testing is new.
  • This permit has been in place since 1986, and has been renewed every two years.
  • Over the past 30 years, there have been about 250 exploration holes drilled. Over the next two years, Usibelli plans to drill fewer than 20 additional holes.
  • Overall, the extension of this permit will support a vital economic development project in our community.
  • Usibelli has said that between 75-125, good family-wage jobs will be created should the Wishbone Hill Project come to fruition.

Comment deadline was June 2, 2010

Read RDC's comment letter