Work Underway in First Phase of Black Butte Copper ProjectNews Type: State Source: Helena Independent Record
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Earth is moving north of White Sulphur Springs – the result of a multi-year effort to open a copper mine here that has generated intense public interest for nearly a decade.
On Aug. 15, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality issued a mining permit for the first phase of the Black Butte Copper Project. The permit allows Sandfire Resources America, formerly Tintina Resources, to build roads and pads, and construct a small reservoir at it applies for future permits to tunnel underground and eventually mine and process copper-rich ore.
While a lawsuit filed by mine opponents is pending in district court, the company wasted little time after receiving the permit getting to work with contractors on site by Aug. 17.