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Gravel Pits in Montana

Montana Gravel Pits Need More Regulation

As Montana’s population continues to grow, and as more new houses, roads, and highways are built, many new gravel pits (also called open-cut mines) are being developed in the state. Montana’s laws contain only minimal provisions for regulation of Montana gravel pits. A spate of recent court rulings have left many people concerned about the pits and their impact on neighborhoods and the environment.