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Cordova “Coal Party” Recognition Day

Effective Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

WHEREAS, on May 4, 1911, nearly 300 Cordova businessmen and citizens marched to the wharf of the Alaska Steamship Company and shoveled hundreds of tons of British coal into Orca Bay as a protest against federal denial of access to Alaskan resources; and

WHEREAS, Cordova residents were stymied by President Roosevelt’s 1906 executive order prohibiting additional coal mining on the public domain in Alaska; and

WHEREAS, at that time, coal reserves in the Chugach National Forest were inaccessible and Alaskans were forced to import coal. Further, coal prices were exorbitant and industry stymied; and

WHEREAS, Alaskans boldly stood against heavy-handed federal intrusion that compromised the Alaskan way of life; and

WHEREAS, today, Alaska once again has a list of grievances against the federal government, and in order to promote economic prosperity, we must stand against federal overreach for the right to access and responsibly develop our resources; and

WHEREAS, from offshore permitting delays, to ocean zoning, to the effort to lock up the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska, these federal actions damage our economy by delaying jobs, increasing development costs, domestic energy productions; and

WHEREAS, the responsible development of Alaska’s resources will create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign imports, provide domestic economic development, and improve our economic and national security.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim May 4, 2011 as:

Cordova “Coal Party” Recognition Day

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to let our federal government know that its actions and mandates are unwarranted and will not go unanswered, as our state’s vast resources are vitally important to the future of our state and nation.

Dated: May 3, 2011


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