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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!
April 4, 2011
Last week, the legislature passed SB 306, which would effectively repeal Montana s ban on cyanide leach mining. SB 306 was introduced by Sen. Murphy at the request of the Montana Mining Association.
The bill is now headed to the Governor s desk. Governor Schweitzer needs to hear from you!
The repeal is against the will of the voters
In 1998, Montanans voted to approve I-137, a ban on new open-pit cyanide leach mines by 52% to 48%, and then reaffirmed the cyanide ban in 2004 (I-147) with an even stronger vote of 57%.
Montana s record of cyanide leach mining is abysmal
Every major cyanide leach mine in the state has caused severe water pollution contaminating important drinking water supplies, trout streams, and agricultural lands!
Taxpayers paying millions to clean up cyanide mines