BLM again proposes withdrawing Little Rocky land from mining

Fort Belknap Indian Community still reeling after abolishment of Zortman Landusky mine


Last updated 11/20/2020 at 1:32pm

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is proposing continuing a withdrawal of federal land in the Little Rocky Mountains from mining, in an area still recovering from pollution caused by earlier mining.

In 1997, Pegasus Mining Company filed for bankruptcy after contaminating Fort Belknap Indian Reservation’s water using such practices as acid rock drainage while mining gold south of the reservation near Zortman and Landusky.

In the acid rock mining Pegausus used chemicals including cyanide to extract gold and silver from ore.

Since the bankruptcy, federal agencies have spent $77 million...

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