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By Tim Leeds 

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

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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. Montana Department of Environmental Quality has proposed a $516,567 fine on companies for doing unlicensed, unpermitted mining exploration on private land in the Zortmain Mine area.

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...

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