default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
Logout|My Dashboard

Alaska judge dismisses coal case on procedural grounds

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 3:42 pm | Updated: 11:23 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

JUNEAU, Alaska - A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit over a coal mine in Southcentral on procedural grounds.

U.S. District Judge John Sedwick, in an opinion issued last week, granted a request by Usibelli Coal Mine Inc. to dismiss the case brought by critics of the Wishbone Hill coal mine near Sutton.

Project opponents, who have raised concerns about water quality and other potential impacts in the area, argue that permits expired in the 1990s. A federal agency, responding to citizen complaints and concerns, also has questioned the validity of project permits. A state official has maintained the permits are valid.

Sedwick did not rule on the validity of the permits, and said the plaintiffs, including Friends of Mat-Su, could seek relief in a state forum.

© 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

More about

More about


Madden Real Estate

Stanley Nissan Service

Stanley Nissan service

Gubernatorial candidate, Bill Walker, is concerned that the state is in a $7 ...

Fairbanks born candidate for governor, Bill Walker asks, "Is Fairbanks better...

Wes Madden 2014 Ad #2 Fairbanks