Media Releases

Montana Court Strikes Down Water Use Permit for Rock Creek Mine, Protecting Wilderness Streams

April 15, 2019 • Earthjustice | Earthworks | Clark Fork Coalition | Rock Creek Alliance | MEIC
HELENA, MT—A Montana District Court judge last week reversed the decision of Montana’s Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) to grant a water use permit for the Rock Creek Mine, a silver-copper mine proposed in northwest Montana’s Cabinet Mountains.… More »

Protest of the Montana March 2019 Lease Sale

March 5, 2019 • Earthworks
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Widespread Failure to Predict Water Pollution & Cleanup Costs at Montana Mines

September 17, 2018 • Earthworks
Water quality predictions for 11 of Montana’s 12 major, modern hardrock mines were wrong, leading to major pollution problems that have contaminated drinking water, destroyed fish and wildlife habitat, and harmed private property. The damning conclusion from a report released today by Montana Trout Unlimited… More »

Track Record: Montana Modern Hardrock Mining Water Quality Impacts and Reclamation Bonding

September 17, 2018 • Earthworks, Montana Trout Unlimited

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Coalition of Tribal, Conservation Advocates Seeks to Join DEQ Enforcement Lawsuit Against Hecla Mining CEO

July 17, 2018 • Earthworks et al
HELENA, Mont.—The Fort Belknap Indian Community, Ksanka Kupaqa Xaʾⱡȼin (Ksanka Crazy Dog Society), and a coalition of conservation groups have requested to intervene in a lawsuit brought by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) against Hecla Mining Company CEO… More »

Montana Labels Head of the Hardrock Mining Lobby a “Bad Actor”

April 18, 2018 • Bonnie Gestring
What does it say about the mining industry if the Chairman of the National Mining Association has defaulted on his cleanup obligations? Last month the State of Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality sent formal letters to Hecla Mining Company CEO… More »
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State of Montana legally brands Hecla Mining Company CEO, National Mining Association Chair, a ‘bad actor’

March 21, 2018 • Earthworks
Putting brakes on two mines under Cabinet Mountains Wilderness, state action calls into question national efforts to limit public and environmental oversight of mine permitting
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Coalition Challenges Water Right Permit for Rock Creek Mine That Would Drain Wilderness Streams

September 6, 2016 • Earthworks and Earthjustice

HELENA, MT—A coalition of conservation groups has objected to a mining company’s request for a state water right permit for the proposed Rock Creek Mine.  If finalized, the permit would allow the mine to drain water from pristine streams in the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness and adjacent Kootenai National Forest—in some places making streams run dry. 


Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

The Rock Creek Mine Proposal

Mining company Revett Silver is proposing to develop an enormous copper/silver mine beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Kootenai National Forest of western Montana -- one of the original ten areas protected by Congress under the Wilderness Act of 1964.

Despite the fact that the mine would tunnel beneath a wilderness area in the United States, the Forest Service claims that the General Mining Law of 1872 leaves them no choice but to permit the mine.


Re: Comments on proposed Rock Creek Mine DSEIS

April 19, 2016 • Earthworks et. al.
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Conservationists Take Legal Action to Protect Wilderness Rivers and Wildlife Threatened by Proposed Montanore Mine in Northwest Montana

April 4, 2016 • Earthworks | Clark Fork Coalition | Save Our Cabinets

Missoula, MT – A coalition of conservation groups have filed suit to protect wilderness rivers and streams and threatened bull trout from the dewatering effects of the proposed Montanore Mine, a massive copper and silver mine that would excavate for ore under the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwestern Montana. The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Missoula.


Comments re: Completeness review of the permit application submitted by Tintina for the Black Butte Project

February 20, 2016 • Earthworks
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State and Federal Agencies Approve Mine Underneath Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Northwest Montana

February 12, 2016 • Earthworks, Earthjustice et. al.

HELENA, MT --- State and federal agencies today approved the Montanore copper-silver mine proposed underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwest Montana’s Kootenai National Forest. The mine project planned by Mines Management Inc. (NYSE-MARKET: MGN) will disturb more than 1,500 acres adjacent to the Wilderness and remove up to 120 million tons of ore from tunnels that extend underneath it. Despite the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) Record of Decision admitting that the full mine project will violate state water quality law, the Forest Service has nevertheless approved the full mine.


Re: Draft EIS comments on CR Kendall Mine Closure

November 10, 2015 • Earthworks

Re: Proposed MPDES Permit for the Montanore Mine Project, Permit No. MT0030279

September 29, 2015 • Earthjustice, Earthworks et. al.