Smith River one step closer to protections from Black Butte Copper Mine after court ruling

April 11, 2022
Meagher County, MT – Montana’s Smith River moves closer toward protection from foreign-owned Sandfire Resources’ (SFR.V) proposed 1,888-acre Black Butte Copper Mine following a ruling in Montana district court. The court found that the state’s review of the mine did… More »

Tribes, Conservation Groups File Legal Action To Compel Montana DEQ to Enforce “Bad Actor” Law Against Hecla Mining Executive

November 10, 2021
(HELENA, Mont.) — Today, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Fort Belknap Indian Community, Ksanka Elders Advisory Committee, and several conservation organizations took legal action in State District Court to compel the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to fulfill… More »

Tribes, Conservation Groups to Challenge Montana’s Failure to Enforce “Bad Actor” Law Denounce Gianforte Administration Decision to Let Mining Executive Off “Scot-Free”

August 3, 2021
(HELENA, Mont.) – Today, tribes and conservation groups announced plans to file a legal action to require the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to fulfill its legal duty to enforce the “bad actor” law against Hecla Mining Co. and… More »

Forty-seven years and counting: The lasting damage of tailings dam failures

July 6, 2021 • Bonnie Gestring
The Blackfoot River in western Montana was made famous by “A River Runs Through It,” the award-winning film based on a Norman Maclean book. Like many rivers in the west, however, the Blackfoot has suffered from decades of mining at… More »

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The Fort Belknap Indian Community Meets with Top Bureau of Land Management Officials About Threat of New Mining to Reclamation at Zortman and Landusky Mines

April 30, 2021
Today, FBIC President Andrew Werk Jr. and Council of the Fort Belknap Indian Community met with officials from the Bureau of Land Management to discuss the FBIC’s concerns about the planned gold exploration at the former Zortman and Landusky gold… More »

Fort Belknap Indian Community, Conservation Groups Challenge Mining Plan

April 1, 2021
Zortman Exploration Could Worsen Contamination of Tribes’ Water, Land Harlem, Montana — Faced with the prospect of more mining in an area that has already experienced devastating health and environmental impacts from past mining, the Fort Belknap Indian Community (FBIC)… More »

Victory for Clean Water: Montana Supreme Court Blocks Montanore Mine Pollution Permit

November 18, 2020
HELENA, MT — Yesterday in a victory for clean water, the Montana Supreme Court rejected a key pollution permit for the proposed Montanore silver-copper mine in the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness in Northwest Montana.  The Court ruled that Idaho-based Hecla Mining… More »
Smith River, Montana

Groups Challenge Copper Mine Proposal that Threatens the Smith River

June 4, 2020
MEAGHER  COUNTY, Mont. — Conservation groups took legal action today to protect the Smith River Watershed from the proposed Black Butte Copper Mine. Tintina Montana, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sandfire Resources America, (TSX.V: SFR and OTCQB: SRAFF) is spearheading the proposed mine… More »