The company proposing a copper mine in the Smith River watershed has cleared its first regulatory hurdle. The Montana Department of Environmental Quality has informed Tintina that its application for a permit to mine has met its completeness and compliance review. This triggers an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Black Butte Copper Project — a long review process that includes public comment and public hearings.
This fight is far from over. As Executive Director of Montana Trout Unlimited said ““The completeness review is a small step in a long process before metals will be dug out near Sheep Creek, the tributary of the Smith.”
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As Trout Unlimited continues the campaign opposing the proposed copper mine that threatens Montana’s famed Smith River, companies from around the country are stepping up to help. Read about what Upslope Brewery and Rep Your Water are doing to help protect our precious resource.
Rep. Nate McConnell brought House Bill 593 before the House Natural Resources Committee on Monday, March 20, 2017. Read more in the Helena Independent Record and Montana Trout Unlimited’s legislative action alert.
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