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Conservationists Take Legal Action to Protect Wilderness Rivers and Wildlife Threatened by Proposed Montanore Mine in Northwest Montana

April 4, 2016 • Earthworks | Clark Fork Coalition | Save Our Cabinets

Missoula, MT – A coalition of conservation groups have filed suit to protect wilderness rivers and streams and threatened bull trout from the dewatering effects of the proposed Montanore Mine, a massive copper and silver mine that would excavate for ore under the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwestern Montana. The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Missoula.

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State and Federal Agencies Approve Mine Underneath Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Northwest Montana

February 12, 2016 • Earthworks, Earthjustice et. al.

HELENA, MT --- State and federal agencies today approved the Montanore copper-silver mine proposed underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwest Montana’s Kootenai National Forest. The mine project planned by Mines Management Inc. (NYSE-MARKET: MGN) will disturb more than 1,500 acres adjacent to the Wilderness and remove up to 120 million tons of ore from tunnels that extend underneath it. Despite the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s (MDEQ) Record of Decision admitting that the full mine project will violate state water quality law, the Forest Service has nevertheless approved the full mine.


Re: Proposed MPDES Permit for the Montanore Mine Project, Permit No. MT0030279

September 29, 2015 • Earthjustice, Earthworks et. al.
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Forest Service Issues Mixed Decision on Montanore Mine Objections

July 23, 2015 • Save Our Cabinets | Clark Fork Coalition | Earthworks

MISSOULA, MT (July 23, 2015) – In its response to concerns raised by conservation groups and local landowners about the Montanore Mine in northwest Montana, the Regional Office of the U.S. Forest Service yesterday acknowledged that there are numerous and serious deficiencies in the agency’s environmental review of the copper-silver mine proposed for development underneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. 

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Coalition Sues Federal Agency to Protect Threatened Bull Trout, Grizzly Bears from Montanore Mine in Northwest Montana

June 17, 2015 • Earthworks, Earthjustice et al

MISSOULA, Mont.—A coalition of conservation groups filed suit today to protect bull trout and grizzly bears from a massive mine proposal in the heart of some of the last remaining undeveloped habitat for these species in northwest Montana. The lawsuit challenges the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision that the proposed Montanore copper and silver mine would not jeopardize the survival or recovery of bull trout and grizzly bears, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act.


Montanore Mine Objection

May 14, 2015 • Earthworks and Western Mining Action Project, et al

Letter: Reassess the proposed Montanore tailings dam in light of similarities with Mount Polley

February 10, 2015 • Earthworks, et al

Comments to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding Montanore’s 404 permit application

February 14, 2012 • Earthworks, Idaho Conservation League

Earthworks and Idaho Conservation League request the Army Corps to deny the permit to fill wetlands and streams in Montana’s Cabinet Mountains hundreds of feet deep with mine waste from the proposed Montanore mine.