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Supreme Court upholds Usibelli license

By Associated Press 12:29 PM February 14, 2014

Denali Citizens Group challenged DNR's findings that it was in the state's best interest to issue the license.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – The state Supreme Court on Friday upheld the state’s issuance of a gas exploration license in the Healy Basin for Usibelli Coal Mine.

The group Denali Citizens Council had challenged the process in which the state Department of Natural Resources had issued the license.

Denali Citizens Group challenged DNR’s findings that it was in the state’s best interest to issue the license. The group claimed DNR didn’t take a “hard look” at the economic feasibility of excluding some residential areas and wildlife habitat from the license. It also claimed DNR’s treatment of environmental mitigation measures was capricious and arbitrary.

The court rule the state did not act arbitrarily and affirmed a lower court’s order upholding the issuance of the license.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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