I live near Broad pass and while out with the four-weeler I came across some coal yesterday, so I do an internet search and find a documant titled "Alaska Coal Geology, Resources, and Coalbed Methane Potential" anyway the Broad Pass coal is 5500-7100 BTU/lb 20-35% moisture, basically combustable dirt, slightly lower grade than the stuff we get from Healy.
But the big news is the Matanuska Valley, in locations like Wishbone Hill, Chickaloon, and Anthricite Ridge
, 10,400-14,400 BTU/lb
and 1-9% moisture, Real Coal
They do a "reality show" about gold mining in Alaska and the fact is they should be mining Anthricite Coal. The tag line could be Arctic Hillbillys trying to stay warm.