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Delong Mountain Terminal Project

On the far northwestern arctic coast of Alaska, the Army Corp of Engineers and the Alaska Industrial Export Authority are pursuing a plan for major expansion of the Delong Mountain port to accommodate deep draft vessels servicing the Red Dog lead mine and to increase imports of oil from Singapore. The plan jeopardizes subsistence use by nearby residents of the Alaska village of Kivalina and sensitive marine mammal habitat. Working with the Northern Alaska Environmental Center, CSE has completed a critique of the Corps benefit-cost analysis and a reassessment that takes into account carbon emissions damage, loss of subsistence use, loss of marine mammal habitat and other non-market costs as well as more realistic assumptions regarding fuel prices. The assessment has determined that costs may exceed benefits by a factor of five.


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