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PETITION TO DESIGNATE LANDS UNSUITABLE FOR COAL MINING
WISHBONE HILL AREA

On May 25, 2010, the Department of Natural Resources received a petition under AS 27.21.260 by Pete Praetorius. The petition requests that Wishbone Hill Area be designated unsuitable for surface coal mining.

The Department finds the petition to be administratively incomplete under 11 AAC 90.703(a) and does not contains the information required under 11 AAC 90.701(a). The petition also includes lands exempt from the petition process under AS 27.21.269 (The department makes no other determinations as to the adequacy of the petition.

Petition Documents
Wishbone Hill Lands Unsuitable Petition
Public Notice
Completeness Review

Lands Unsuitable For Surface Coal Mining
Under AS 27.21.260 a person or municipality having an interest that is or may be adversely affected may file a petition with the commissioner to designate an area as unsuitable for mining or to terminate a designation under this section. The petition must contain allegations of facts with supporting evidence that would tend to establish the allegations.

An area shall be designated as unsuitable for all or certain types of surface coal mining operations if the commissioner determines that reclamation is not technologically feasible in the area;

An area may designate as unsuitable for all or certain types of surface coal mining operations if the commissioner determines that the operations in the area will

Be incompatible with existing state or local land use programs;
Affect fragile or historic land in which the operations could result in significant damage to important historic, cultural, scientific, and aesthetic values and natural systems;

Affect aquifer recharge areas or other renewable resource land in which the operations could result in a substantial loss or reduction of long-range productivity of water supply or food or fiber products; or

Affect areas subject to frequent flooding and areas of unstable geology, or other natural hazard land in which the operations could substantially endanger life and property;

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