Proposed Mont. copper mine raises hopes and concerns

Posted: Apr 29, 2013

Written by

Karl Puckett, Great Falls Tribune
White Sulphur Springs

White Sulphur Springs--Tintina Resources Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, have a plan for a mine called Black Butte. They say there’s more than 1 billion pounds of high-grade copper deposits in the ground, enough for a modest-sized copper mine that could employ as many as 200 workers with high-paying jobs for years to come.

Not everybody thinks building a mine here is a good idea.

The project is in the headwaters of the Sheep Creek drainage, a tributary of the Smith River, one of Montana’s most beloved rivers, and the prospect of a copper mine is raising environmental concerns over acid mine drainage and stream flows along with the hopes for high-paying jobs.

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