MTPR

Montana Environmental Policy Act

Sound-Off On Proposed Black Butte Mine Project

Oct 23, 2017
Alan Kirk, mine permitting manager, and Bob Jacko, vice president of operations for Tintina show plans for the Black Butte Mine in July 2015.
Steve Jess

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is adding an additional public scoping meeting for the proposed Black Butte copper mine outside White Sulphur Springs. That brings the number of scheduled meetings to four.

The first is October 30 in Great Falls. The second will be November 1 in White Sulphur Springs. The third, and newly scheduled meeting will be held in Helena on Monday, November 6. The fourth meeting will be in Livingston on Tuesday, November 7.

Emigrant Peak north of Yellowstone, near the area of a proposed Lucky Minerals mine exploration.
Flickr user Sean Wolf (CC-BY-NC-ND-2.0)

Environmental groups today sued the state of Montana, attempting to block a mining company’s plans to begin exploring for gold and other precious metals in the mountains just north of Yellowstone National Park.

State officials have issued a draft operating permit for an underground copper mine in central Montana that opponents worry could harm one of the state's most popular fly-fishing destinations.