Supreme Court upholds Usibelli license

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm •  Published: February 14, 2014
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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.