Mining: Let’s not let them destroy Montana

2011-09-05T10:45:00Z Mining: Let’s not let them destroy Montana
September 05, 2011 10:45 am

Not many years after Lewis and Clark came through Montana, John Colter explored some of what would become Yellowstone Park.

Many hearing about his bubbly colored water stories thought he was drinking too much of something. Others who followed him realized it was a very spectacular, extremely unique place that deserves special protection.

Under the stars we see in Montana there are other pieces of ground that deserve only protection: Our state’s Cabinet Mountain Wilderness area in the far west side, an extraordinary place full of natural merits, spectacular and wild, not to be taken for granted. Two copper mines wish to destroy the place.

Don’t threaten sanctuaries of unspoiled habitat. Friends of Montana made a promise to protect the place. All water draining downhill from the proposed mines would be damaged with toxic mine waste.

Grizzly bear habitat, now down to 1 percent in the lower 48 states, cannot survive changes. A valley increase of 200 percent of never-stopping truck traffic would slaughter all wildlife and what else? Keep the Clark Fork River away from more mining abuse. One hundred thirty years of the worst from Butte and Anaconda mines, plus the dams, has been enough. Libby deserves a road without the environment abusers like asbestos or a copper mine. The 1872 Mining Law and wilderness act, that promises so much we cherish to be seriously harmed or destroyed, means we change the old law fast.

L.J. LaBelle,

Thompson Falls

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