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Environmental Groups Fight Proposed Mining Project

BeartoothNBCWildlife destruction, that’s what some environmental groups are campaigning to avoid.

“save our smith” is the slogan groups are using to fight a recently funded proposed mining project from the Canadian company Tintina. <READ MORE>

Judge halts change to grizzly habitat designation

daily-inter-lake-logoA federal judge has blocked a plan to carve new roads into a 36,700-acre block of secure grizzly bear habitat within the Stillwater State Forest north of Whitefish. <READ MORE>

Tintina makes its case

Helena IRMeagher County could increase its budget by more than $20 million per year if Tintina Resources builds a copper mine a mile from a tributary of the Smith River, company officials told a civic engagement group in Helena. <READ MORE>

Black Butte Mine aquifer tests move ahead

Bozeman Daily chronicleThe Montana Department of Environmental Quality has given Tintina Resources the go-ahead to dig four new deep wells to test the aquifer near the proposed Black Butte Copper Mine but has added one safety requirement for the project. <READ MORE>

Number of crude oil trains through county increases

Western News LogoBetween 12 and 16 trains traveled through Lincoln County, each carrying more than 100 cars of Bakken crude oil, during a one-week span in early June, according to a weekly train-tracking document from BNSF Railway. <READ MORE>

Guest opinion: Climate change is scientific reality

Billings GazetteAs scientists who have lived and worked in Montana, we understand the scientific principles demonstrating that human activity is rapidly changing our climate. That is why we joined over 100 other scientists across Montana in sending a letter to our top elected officials calling on them to support policies that reduce carbon pollution ... <READ MORE>

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Hundreds comment on Black Butte mine proposal

Bozeman Daily chronicleFor a relatively small project, a mining company’s proposal to dig a few test wells generated a significant number of public comments.  <READ MORE>

DEQ: Water testing for copper mine will have no impacts

Billings GazetteProposed water testing for a planned copper mine near the headwaters of the Smith River would have no impacts on groundwater quality and minimal short-term effects on quantity, according to an environmental assessment released by the state. <READ MORE>

Plan to expand logging on grizzly, bull trout habitat near Whitefish in court

MissoulianA state plan to expand logging on school trust lands would ruin crucial habitat for grizzly bears and bull trout near Whitefish, attorneys argued in federal court Thursday. <READ MORE>

Montana Crude Rail Routes Revealed

InsideEnergy-LOGO-290x165A dozen or more trains carrying crude oil from the Bakken region are moving across northern Montana every week, skirting the edge of Glacier National Park. More trains — far fewer in number – pass through populated regions farther south. <READ MORE>