Ballots are officially out in Montana and I’m not exaggerating when I say we’re super-psyched to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Fighting for clean water is an exhausting prospect. But TU should be proud of it’s Montana members, businesses and supporters. Throughout this entire campaign they’ve hung tough. As big mining companies lined up to outspend this little citizens initiative by millions, they stood their ground on protecting one of our most precious resources in this state.
I-186 will require hard rock mining companies applying for new permits to show up front that they will not leave behind perpetual pollution like acid-mine drainage, lead, mercury and aresenic. Montana taxpayers are already on the hook for millions of dollars in clean up costs. I-186 does not impact current mines or mine expansions. As the Bozeman Daily Chronicle said recently in their endorsement for I-186, preventing perpetual pollution is “not too much to ask.”