County opposes environmental initiative amid concern for Montana Resources’ future

News Type: State Source: Montana Standard
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Amid concerns over the future of Montana Resources, the Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution this week opposing an environmental initiative which backers say will protect Montana’s water and taxpayers.

Despite repeated assurances from environmentalists that the measure, I-186, will not negatively impact current mining operations, industry advocates say the language in the initiative is too vague, putting current industry in jeopardy.

Four citizens appealed to commissioners during Thursday’s meeting to pass the resolution opposing I-186 because they say it could still put one of the county’s largest employers, Montana Resources, in danger of being shut down.