The Whitehall Ledger - Serving Southern Jefferson County in the Great State of Montana

By KATHY HADLEY
National Wildlife Federation 

Guest Opinion: Gianforte - Enforce Montana's "Bad Actor" Mining Law

 

November 24, 2021



As a hunter and angler who’s lived in the Upper Clark Fork River valley between Deer Lodge and Anaconda for more than 30 years, I can attest to the damaging legacy of mining on our waterways. In 1908, a massive flood carried toxic mine tailings from Butte down the Clark Fork River, contaminating the river and the floodplain. To this day, hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to clean up these toxic mine tailings in Butte, Silver Bow Creek, and the river. For 30 years, I’ve worked with local citizen groups to fight for a proper cleanup of the contamination, and after all that t...



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