Protesters Target Colorado Ski Resort Owner Eyeing New Alaska Coal Mine
The Sierra Club, Protect Our Winters and other environmental groups are not happy with Dick Bass, the owner of Snowbird Ski Resort in Utah. Bass is also a co-owner of PacRim Coal, LLC, which aims to build the second largest strip mine in the country, and the largest in Alaska: the Chuitna Coal Mine, 45 miles west of Anchorage.
Coal from the mine could add more than 54 billion pounds of CO2 to the atmosphere each year, they say, and contribute to climate change that endangers the ski industry (to say nothing of the king salmon in the Chuitna River, and countless other environmental costs around the world).
The protestors have devoted a Web site (www.nobasscoal.org ) to convincing Bass to dump the Chuitna Mine and to reallocate his resources to renewable-energy projects.