DEQ looks at fining Little Rocky mining exploration

Companies, Ployhar, Voigt proposed to be fined $500K for exploration without a permit at Zortman mine, must stop any exploration without a permit


Last updated 7/20/2022 at 4:17pm

Courtesy Earthworks

Rust-colored water from runoff from a mine in Swift Gulch at the Zortman Landusky mine site in the Little Rocky Mountains stains the earth last fall. Montana Department of Environmental Quality has assessed a $516.567 on companies for doing unlicensed, unpermitted mining exploration on private land in the Zortmain Mine area.

Editor’s note: This clarifies that a fine has been calculated but not imposed.

Montana Department of Environmental Quality has calculated a potential fine, more than $500,000, for a group requesting permission to do mining exploration at a site that already has cost millions in restoration.

The fine has been proposed for alleged mining exploration without a permit.

A consent order drafted by Montana Department of Environmental Quality states that Blue Arc LLC, Luke Ployhar, Legacy Mining LLC and Owen Voigt will pay the fine, $516.567, for conducting exploration without a permit in the L...

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