A late-session Alert!
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) about the Black Butte copper mine proposed near a major tributary of the Smith River. Montana Audubon, along with the Montana Environmental Information Center (MEIC), are hosting two events to gather comments about the DEIS. These events will be held May 1st in Helena and May 6th in Missoula. You can find more details below.
We hope to see you there!
Amy and Wyatt
Smith River Mine Events
Wednesday, May 1st, 6-9 pm
120 S Last Chance Gulch St, Helena, MT 59601 — Lewis and Clark Public Library
Join us at the Lewis and Clark Public Library on May 1st, 6:00-9:00 PM for a live projection of the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Smith River Mine public “webinar” meeting!
As if your passion for the Smith River isn’t enough to get you there, Blackfoot River Brewing has generously offered a “free beer token” for each attendee to use any time!
Monday, May 6th, 5-8 pm
1657 River Road, Missoula, MT — Garden City Harvest
NorthWestern Energy Bailout Bill Still Debated
HB 597, by Rep. Daniel Zolnikov (R-Billings), is a broadly titled Public Service Commission reform bill that is openly being discussed as becoming the new “coal bailout bill”—the new SB 331.
HB 597 is going to a conference committee of House and Senate members where it can be amended, including inserting coal bailout language. As of April 22nd, the conference committee members have not been appointed.
If amendments are put on the bill then it will go back to the full House and Senate floor to be voted on. If both chambers pass the new bill then it goes to the Governor to sign or veto.
Please continue to contact your state Representative, Senator, and the Governor and tell them to oppose a coal bailout in any form – including on HB 597!
Call Governor Steve Bullock at (406) 444-3111 and ask that he oppose any coal bailout.