Alaska Brief Newsletter – March 2016
This month we have a special story from Vance Carruth, a Wyoming supporter who finally got to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge last summer with Trustees for Alaska. At 70, it has been Vance’s dream to see the place that so motivated his mentor Mardy Murie to protect it. And Mardy continues to inspire many conservationists in Alaska today. It’s a moving piece honoring the work of Mardy and her husband Olaus to protect the Arctic for future generations.
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ARCTIC REFUGE TRIP INSPIRED BY 40-YEAR FRIENDSHIP
Vance Carruth met Mardy Murie when she was 62 and he was 19. That was the beginning of a long friendship and mentorship. Last summer at age 70, Vance finally made it to the Arctic Refuge that Mardy loved so much.
STATE FAILS TO GET IT RIGHT
Beaufort Sea Oil and Exploration Requires Constitutional Review
Oil and gas projects permitted by the State of Alaska must comply with the strong protections in Article VIII of the Alaska Constitution. The public has the right to have a say in decisions that impact our public trust resources. Despite the law, Trustees for Alaska attorneys are finding that is not happening.
Healy Coal Plant Burns
Earlier this month, the beleaguered Healy “Clean Coal” Plant caught on fire due to a buildup of coal dust igniting in the plant’s coal feeder system. The facility has had a troubled past and its future seems just as troubled.
Seward Coal Permit Granted – Finally!
After 6 years of litigation, the Seward Coal Loading Facility is finally operating with a Clean Water Act permit to protect Resurrection Bay from coal debris.