The extensive subbituminous coal deposits near cook inlet, Alaska, have received considerable attention because of their size, nearness to tidewater, and low sulfur content. As the need for increased electrical power is felt along the west coast, a search is being made for sources of fuel other than petroleum and natural gas. The state of Washington is the only Pacific coast state with substantial coal resources, but because of geologic setting, much of this resource will be available only at high cost. Reflecting these circumstances, if coal is to be used as a source of electrical energy, it may be transported from the northern great plains or Rocky Mountain areas or from more remote sites if they happen to be located at or near tidewater. It is this latter situation that is represented by cook inlet coal since it lends itself to relatively cheap ocean transport and hence is potentially economically competitive with coal that must be brought to the west coast by overland transport.