DNR Awards Partial Water Rights to Chuitna Citizens

first_imgSchade wrote that he found two arguments regarding the Reservation of Water applications to be compelling. DNR Water Resources Section Chief David Schade granted a Reservation of Water to the Chuitna Citizens Coalition in the lower reach of Middle Creek/Stream 2003, but not the main or middle reach of the waterway. PacRim Coal did not file an application for the lower reach but is still being considered for the other portions. The DNR says PacRim must complete its other permitting processes before water rights could or would be awarded. Considering typical permitting time frames, it could take 18 months to two years before PacRim would be close to a water rights decision. “First, the applicant made a compelling argument that the Department of Natural Resources should not allow PacRim to develop a coal mine that would significantly and negatively impact the Chuitna River watershed, and second, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and others made the compelling argument that while the state and federal permitting processes must be stringent, they must also allow for a predictable and complete permitting process that allows all available information to be compiled and presented to the state and federal regulatory agencies.”center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Natural Resources yesterday issued a decision on the water rights application from the Chuitna Citizen’s Coalition, denying the most significant portions of the group’s request. The decision may be appealed to the Commissioner of the Department Natural Resources within 20 days.last_img read more