Good news for Montana's rivers & streams: cyanide mining bill vetoed!
May 20, 2011
Good news for Montana's rivers and streams!
Every major open pit, cyanide leach mine in Montana has caused significant water pollution, and taxpayers have been left with tens of millions in clean-up costs. Drinking water supplies, agricultural lands, and native trout have suffered.
Citizens took matters into their own hands in 1998, when Montanans first passed a citizen's initiative against open pit cyanide leach mining, and then again in 2004, by an even larger margin (62%). This year, a Montana legislator introduced a bill to undermine the initiative, at the request of the Montana mining industry.
Thank you Governor Schweitzer for vetoing the bill, and upholding the will of the voters!