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Letter: Coal miners short on statistics

In a recent op-ed (compass, May 28), Deantha Crockett of the Alaska Miners Association claims that the development of coal strip mines is “mostly supported by local residents,” however she fails to cite any polling or evidence to back up her argument.

One has to question why, if this is true, the Alaska Miners Association supported the “Silencing Alaskans Act” (HB 77), a bill that would have removed the voice of local residents from coal mine permit decisions.

With coal companies proposing to mine through salmon streams and in the middle of residential areas to send coal to China, it’s clear that coal mining is a bad decision for Alaskans.

— Eric Booton

Anchorage