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DEQ: Little Rocky mine exploration needs more analysis

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Last updated 2/7/2022 at 12:10pm

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A sings warns of hazards at a water treatment plant treating contaminants from the mine in the Little Rocky Mountains run by a subsidiary of Pegasus Mining. An initial decision on an environmental impact statement on proposed new mine exploration near the Zortman Mine says more analysis is needed.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality released a final environmental assessment last week requiring additional analysis in an environmental impact statement for a proposed exploration project near the former Zortman Mine, which has been aggressively opposed by the nearby Fort Belknap.

The new exploration project, proposed by Luke Ployhar, would be to look for mining opportunities in the Little Rockies, a sacred place to the people of Fort Belknap who almost universally oppose any efforts to mine in the area, and whom officials said were pleasantly surprised by DEQ's decision....

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