Conservation groups join DEQ in fight against ‘bad-actor’ mining exec

Conservation groups join DEQ in fight against ‘bad-actor’ mining exec

News Type: State Source: Missoula Current
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Conservation groups have joined the Montana Department of Environmental Quality in a fight against a mining company president, and two tribes are likely to follow.

This week, Earthjustice attorneys asked a judge to allow the tribes and conservation groups to intervene on behalf of the state DEQ in its “bad actor” case against Helca Mining Company CEO Phillips S. Baker Jr.

Baker has revived Hecla’s efforts to develop the Rock Creek mine near Noxon and the Montanore mine near Libby, which would extract copper and silver from beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in northwest Montana.