The Petition

Urge Montana to Protect the Smith River!

Contact Governor Bullock & the Montana DEQ

Dear Governor Bullock and Director Livers,

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073Smith042413_markedMontana’s Smith River is an extraordinary resource, and deserves our most rigorous effort to protect it from mine pollution and dewatering. Montana Governor Steve Bullock and Department of Environmental Quality Director Tom Livers will make critical decisions that will determine the future of the Smith River and the Sheep Creek Mine.

Please contact Governor Bullock and Director Livers by signing the petition. Let them know that the Smith River is an incredibly important place for the people of Montana and across the country and world, and should not be sacrificed for temporary and risky mining activities.

Petition Language:

“Dear Governor Bullock and Director Livers,

I am joining with others who are concerned about the proposal by Tintina Resources and Sandfire to develop a large copper mine in the headwaters of our cherished Smith River. The Smith River is renowned for its spectacular scenery, towering limestone canyons, and blue-ribbon trout fishery, and it’s an economic engine for the region – generating up to $10 million in annual revenue from these activities.

Tintina and Sandfire have now applied for a full-scale mine operating permit from the Department of Environmental Quality. This puts the headwaters at risk from arsenic, acid mine drainage, and dewatering.

I implore you to safeguard the Smith River watershed from the Smith River Mine.”