DEQ calculates half-million dollar fine for alleged activities at Zortman mine
Proposed consent agreement requires exploration without a permit to stop, parties to pay $516,567 as part of agreement
Last updated 7/20/2022 at 7:17pm
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 Little Rocky Mountains at the Zortman Mine just south of Fort Belknap Indian Reser...