For 30 days during the month of September, Trout Unlimited will be celebrating public lands by highlighting 30 American Places. Of course, the Smith River was picked as one of them. Follow and read up on this public land celebration here!
On Monday, August 14th the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) informed Tintina Resources that its application for a permit to mine has met its completeness and compliance review. This is just the beginning of a long permitting process.
Joe Newman spent two months this summer at Camp Baker, the public put in to the Smith River, educating people about the proposed copper mine that threatens the health of the Smith River watershed. Read about his experience Giving a Voice to Rivers.
In a recent op-ed, Rep. Nate McConnell, D-Missoula, discusses hard rock mining, outdoor recreation in Montana and a common sense bill he brought to the 2017 Montana Legislature.
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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A stalled now hazardous open pit mine in Jefferson County, that owes around $5 million in back taxes to the county and is destroying westslope cutthroat trout habitat, is highlighted in a recent article.