trending Market Intelligence /marketintelligence/en/news-insights/trending/hOajuubBuzgj8gfgyy_uCA2 content
Log in to other products

Login to Market Intelligence Platform

 /


Looking for more?

Contact Us

Request a Demo

You're one step closer to unlocking our suite of comprehensive and robust tools.

Fill out the form so we can connect you to the right person.

If your company has a current subscription with S&P Global Market Intelligence, you can register as a new user for access to the platform(s) covered by your license at Market Intelligence platform or S&P Capital IQ.

  • First Name*
  • Last Name*
  • Business Email *
  • Phone *
  • Company Name *
  • City *
  • We generated a verification code for you

  • Enter verification Code here*

* Required

Thank you for your interest in S&P Global Market Intelligence! We noticed you've identified yourself as a student. Through existing partnerships with academic institutions around the globe, it's likely you already have access to our resources. Please contact your professors, library, or administrative staff to receive your student login.

At this time we are unable to offer free trials or product demonstrations directly to students. If you discover that our solutions are not available to you, we encourage you to advocate at your university for a best-in-class learning experience that will help you long after you've completed your degree. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

In This List

Usibelli loses a round in ongoing battle over Alaska coal mine permit

Essential Energy Insights - September, 2020

Rate case activity slips, COVID-19 proceedings remain at the forefront in August

Bull market leaves US utilities behind in August

Utilities, midstream reckon with energy transformation on the horizon


Usibelli loses a round in ongoing battle over Alaska coal mine permit

A federal agency has ordered an inspection of the permit for a planned coal mine in Alaska, siding with environmental groups that say the permit is invalid and should be terminated.

Usibelli Coal Mine Inc. obtained a permit in 1991 to conduct surface mining operations at its Wishbone Hill mine but did not start mining there until 2010. Under federal law, "a surface mining permit terminates by operation of law if mining operations have not commenced within three years of permit issuance unless an extension has been granted in accordance with the statute."

Alaska's Department of Natural Resources granted Usibelli several extensions by implication, but the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement told DNR in a Jan. 17 letter that it erred by granting those extensions and has failed to take appropriate enforcement action to correct Usibelli’s violation of the law.

"OSMRE orders, therefore, that a federal inspection be conducted on those permits," the letter stated.

"We are pleased with this decision," Brook Brisson, senior staff attorney for Trustees for Alaska, told S&P Global Market Intelligence. "This is what the law requires. This decision protects the community from unpermitted coal mining. The Matanuska Valley is not a place for a coal strip mine."

Trustees for Alaska represented several environmental groups that joined with the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council in an effort to have Usibelli's permit terminated.

The Wishbone Hill mine has about 14 million tons of identified reserves, according to Usibelli's website.

Usibelli and DNR did not immediately respond to requests for comment.