Conservation groups sue to block Black Butte copper mine near Smith River

Conservation groups sue to block Black Butte copper mine near Smith River

News Type: State Source: KPAX
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(KPAX) A coalition of conservation groups is suing the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) over its approval of a permit for the Black Butte Copper Project near White Sulphur Springs.

The suit claims DEQ failed to conduct a thorough environmental analysis of the project and ignored thousands of public comments opposing the copper mine, which is proposed near the headwaters of Montana’s iconic Smith River.