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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 »
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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 »

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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
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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 »

Montana Youth Fight for the Right to a Clean and Healthy Environment

April 2, 2020 • William Northrop
On March 13th, a group of Montana’s youth (ranging from the ages of 2-18), filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief in the First Judicial District Court against the State of Montana arguing they are harmed by the “dangerous… More »

Public Comments: Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Montanore Evaluation Project

November 7, 2019

Public Comments: NYSDEC’s proposed revisions to the Part 370 series Hazardous Waste regulations

August 27, 2019
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Montana Court Strikes Down Water Pollution Permit for Montanore Mine, Protecting Clean Water and Native Fish

July 29, 2019
Helena, M.T.—A Montana District Court judge has invalidated the water pollution permit for the Montanore Mine, a proposed silver-copper mine that would have bored beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Montana. The permit issued by Montana’s Department of Environmental Quality… More »
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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 »