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  • May-June 2012

    Healy Basin Gas appeal moves into court soon oral arGuments to Be Heard in ancHoraGe superior court on July 2, 2012 by Charlie Loeb

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    Since 1974, serving to protect the natural integrity of Denali National Park & environs

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    From the Board Thank You, members Stampede Summit 3 DCC Annual Meeting

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    DCC’s legal case challenging the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR)'s Best Interest Finding for a Healy Basin Gas-Only Exploration License is at last moving into the courtroom. Judge Andrew Guidi will hear oral argu- ment on the merits of the case on Monday, July 2 at 2:30 PM in Anchorage. The hearing is open to the public, and DCC invites and encourages members and supporters to attend. While the case will be decided on its merits, it will be helpful for the judge to see concerned community members in the audience.

    The gas exploration that DNR approved in the Healy Basin could lead to enormous landscape impacts if future development unfolds as in other locations in the United States. Coalbed methane development (the most likely form of gas development in the Healy Basin) would convert the area into a large industrial zone with pipelines, roads, heavy truck traffic, well pads, drill rigs, compressor stations, and other infrastructure distributed across the landscape (and potentially residents’ yards). Enormous amounts of groundwater would be extracted from coal seams and would require disposal, with unknown impacts on water quality and groundwater supplies (i.e., peoples’ well water). Hydraulic fracturing – the now-infamous “fracking” technology – could be employed. The area included in the license could come to look, sound, and smell not like the peaceful rural landscape we know now, but more like an extensive indus- trial facility. Purpose of Oral Argument

    The oral argument in our lawsuit against DNR’s decision will allow us to present the merits of our case to the judge. The legal process and discussion have gone on so long that all but those who are following the case carefully have prob- ably lost track of the details.

    DCC vs. DNR Monday, July 2, 2012

    2:30 PM Judge Andrew Guidi Courtroom

    402 Nesbett Courthouse 825 West 4th Ave, Anchorage

    The Final Best Interest Finding, signed by then DNR Commis- sioner Tom Irwin, creates a 208,000 acre gas exploration area, enclosing the community of Healy and residential areas nearby, and approaching the northeast boundary of Denali National Park. We are appealing this Final Finding.

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    From tHe dcc Board by Nancy Bale

    I recently had the good fortune to spend quality time out in Denali National Park at the 60th Reunion of Camp Denali. This lodge near Wonder Lake, where I spent so many summers cooking, baking and interacting with guests, was founded by Celia Hunter and Woody and Ginny Wood in 1952, when I was seven years old. Little did I know at the time what this piece of ground and the people associated with it would mean to me through the years. My time there began in 1974, when I cooked one season for Celia and Ginny, then again from 1976 until 1996, when I worked for Wallace and Jerryne Cole. Now the lodge is operated by the Coles' daughter and son-in-law, Jenna and Simon Hamm, who were our hosts for the 60th Reunion. Their generosity in sharing Camp with us was much appreciated.

    We (more than two dozen of us, former staff and friends) had three full days at Camp, and two days on either side for transportation in and out. I brought a tiny digital camera and was snapping away like a cheechako throughout the stay. The three days of hiking were just glorious. It felt good to experience the variable weather, the carpet of flowers and the compa- ny of fellow hikers. Wildlife sightings from the bus were plentiful and close, including rams at Polychrome, a group of five wolves near Government Draw, and a bear near Stony who enjoyed a leisurely meal and a walk next to the bus.

    One day, we drove back to Eielson Visitor Center where local artist and former Camp staff Ree Nancarrow attracted a small crowd as she spoke about the making of her quilt, Seasons of Denali, which hangs inside the visitor center. The quilt came alive as Ree spoke, discussing her techniques, her effort to include all the animals and plants that naturally occurred in the Eielson area and her work to place them across the quilt as they occur throughout the seasons.

    In the evenings at Camp, slide shows and old mov- ies depicted the early days along with the evolution and changes that occurred there throughout the years. Karen Brewster, who spent several years talking to Ginny Wood about her life both at Denali and elsewhere, presented the book that resulted from this collaboration, titled Boots, Bikes and Bombers. Woody Wood spent an evening reminiscing with Jenna Hamm about his experiences in the early days of Camp. Wally and Jerri Cole showed a selection of slides from their many years running Camp Denali and North Face Lodge.

    The mountain emerged every day, at least for a while.

    It was difficult returning from such an idyllic trip into the world of lists, responsibilities, and predictable irritations. I look forward to returning for a possible Aircraft Overflights Council outing in early August and our third Stampede Summit in Healy on August 11th. Hopefully I can use some of that time to move on the ridges again, check for late wildflowers and experience the vastness. d

    Mountain Forget-Me-Not - Eritrichium aretoides, found on the slopes of Mt. Galen

    Rams on Polychrome - We noted several instances of park mammals using the road corridor; sheep at Polychrome, a bear near Stony Creek and wolves on the road near Government Draw. Our guides and park staff were quick to remind us to maintain silence and stay within the bus during these encounters. That's Brian McCormick driving. Photos on this page by Nancy Bale

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    May-June 2012

    tHank you, memBers

    Joined or renewed since last newsletter summit Cliff Eames

    Carmen Adamyk The Ambros Family

    Al Batten Sandy Bauer

    Emily Becker & Dan Ruthrauff Tina Brown

    Mike Cobbold & Annette Faurote Karine Dane Anne Eissler Debra Ernst

    Will & Linda Forsberg Sharyn Gerhardt Tom Hautman

    Melanie & Kim Heacox Dianne Herman

    maJor donor Jean Balay Nancy Bale Bob Barni

    Wallace & Jerryne Cole Jeff Forsythe

    Marisa James & Jon Paynter Charlie & Mary Loeb

    David McCargo Carol McIntyre & Ray Hander Jan St. Peters & Rick Weibel

    Kathy & Allan Toubman

    Your generosity is noted and appreciated, as we plan for Stampede Summit 3 and fund our Healy Gas administrative appeal (see article on front page). Our legal fees have mounted as this case has stretched out over a year and a half. While our attorney Peter Van Tuyn has been very generous with his fees and payment schedule, we do need to pay him. If you believe it is important to keep gas development out of the Wolf Townships and residents’ backyards, please consider making a special donation to support DCC’s Gas Legal Fund.

    Forty-six donors have already given to our Legal Fund, some more than once. Donating is easy – just look for the link on the bottom right corner of the DCC website at www.denalicitizens.org. Donations between $100 and $500 would be particularly helpful, but any amount is very welcome. Thank you! d

    tundra Stuart & Paula Barb

    Andrea Blakesley Alison Carlyle Stewart Cubley

    Sue Deyoe & Jeff Lebegue Brenda & Brad Ebel

    Daniel Geenblatt Dulce Havill & Chuck Klemer

    Vicky Hoover Sherry Lewis

    Chuck and Mona Lidgard-Bale Mark & Cheryl Lovegreen

    Fran Mauer Lenora Morford

    Cindy Muller Jon and Karin Nierenberg

    Robin Richardson & Bob Tourtelot Kathleen Mertens & Kurt Sahl

    Gina Soltis & Ray Gary Jim Stratton

    Jessica Toubman George Wagner Erica Watson

    Robert & Karen Watson Dusty Whittemore

    Becky Irish & Terry Grabow Cynthia Keef Kirsty Knittel Chuck Lennox

    Rosemary & Dennis McGlynn Kathy Milliken

    Eric & Kelly Oberg/Mass Barbara O'Donnell

    Mary Pearson Katherine Schake

    Don Soileau & Denise Hanson Mike Tranel Lolita Valcq

    Larissa Yocum Mary Zalar & Ken Whitten


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    Why? - Our two past Stampede Summits clearly showed how much local citizens value the lands in the Stampede Townships and want to have a hand in directing their future. Stampede Summit 3 is intended to provide a forum for wide-ranging discussion about just that. What? - There will be panel discussions among knowledgeable agency, government and scientific representatives. Topics will include: What is happening out in the Stampede now? What could happen in the future? What do we want and how can we obtain it? Time will be provided for discussion and questions. Who? - We've invited local citizens, businesses and researchers whose focus is the Stampede Townships. Also coming are representatives of local and state government and agencies, with up-to-date planning information. All local citizens are invit