Underground Gold Mining Proposed Near Butte - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Underground Gold Mining Proposed Near Butte

Posted: Updated:
BUTTE -

Mining may soon be coming back to Butte.

At a meeting hosted by the Department of Environmental Quality, the public was able to voice their opinions about the proposed plan to start mining gold in the Highland Mountains.

"The application is for an underground gold mine in the Highlands," said Herb Rolfes with the Montana D.E.Q. "This application would allow them to drive in and add a tunnel to access the ore body."

The proposal to mine in the highlands was submitted to the D.E.Q. by the Butte Highlands Joint Venture.

The D.E.Q. then completed a Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

The public gave their opinion about the draft, which was overwhelmingly positive.

"We believe, as the Montana Mining Association, that resources can be developed, it can be done right, and we certainly the imposition of reasonable, environmental conditions on mining operations in this state."

As part of the D.E.Q.'s draft, there are multiple proposed haul routes to carry the ore from the mine.

One of those routes includes the use of Roosevelt Road.

"Roosevelt Drive, there is quite a few neighbors up there and it's pretty quiet," said Butte Representative, Ryan Lynch. "That's a reason why most of those folks moved up to that area."

"It really wouldn't be very feasible for anyone who lives up there," said Rick Estabrook. "It's going to mean delays. It's going to mean safety issues and I'm opposed to them using that as a haul route."

The Forest Service will ultimately decide what the haul route will be since all the options run through their land.

The mining will last at least five years.

Prior to mining, the Butte Highlands Joint Venture will have to post a reclamation bond.

Other proposed haul routes include using Highland Road and the roads near the Feeley exit.

If the mining is approved, it could bring up to 50 jobs to the area.

  • NationalMore>>

  • Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

    Obama declares Washington wildfire emergency

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:58 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:58:02 GMT
    Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.
    Wetter, cooler weather has helped firefighters make progress in their efforts to get the largest wildfire in Washington state's history under control.
  • Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

    Hopkins pays $190M in pelvis exam pix settlement

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:56 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:56:03 GMT
    For Myra James, the process of going to the gynecologist is now too much to bear.
    For Myra James, the process of going to the gynecologist is now too much to bear.
  • Teacher slaying suspect in court on assault charge

    Teacher slaying suspect in court on assault charge

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:46:27 GMT
    A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his teacher last year after following her into a bathroom similarly followed a worker at a youth detention facility into a locker room last month before choking and...
    A Massachusetts teenager charged with killing his teacher last year after following her into a bathroom similarly followed a worker at a youth detention facility into a locker room last month before choking and beating...
  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Search and Rescue Efforts Continue for Flathead Kayaker

    UPDATE: Search and Rescue Efforts Continue for Flathead Kayaker

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:04 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:04:28 GMT
    The search for a missing kayaker will continue Monday on Flathead Lake, it's surrounding shores and the Flathead River, after he's been missing for more than 24 hours.
    The search for a missing kayaker will continue Monday on Flathead Lake, it's surrounding shores and the Flathead River, after he's been missing for more than 24 hours.
  • Bugg Road fire near Tonasket

    Bugg Road fire near Tonasket

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:29 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:29:21 GMT
    KHQ.COM- UPDATE: The Bugg Road fire burning 7 miles east of Tonasket, WA and has destroyed one structure and expanded to 1,700 acres on Tuesday.This fire started on Monday and by the end of the day had burned 1,000 acres. Air support and dozers are trying to keep the fire in check.
    KHQ.COM- UPDATE: The Bugg Road fire burning 7 miles east of Tonasket, WA and has destroyed one structure and expanded to 1,700 acres on Tuesday.This fire started on Monday and by the end of the day had burned 1,000 acres. Air support and dozers are trying to keep the fire in check.
  • Update: Semi Removed, Lanes Reopen After Chemical Spill Near Bonner

    Update: Semi Removed, Lanes Reopen After Chemical Spill Near Bonner

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:08 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:08:00 GMT
    Emergency officials, including health department personnel, are on scene of a semi rollover east of Missoula.
    Emergency officials, including health department personnel, are on scene of a semi rollover east of Missoula.
  • Bozeman Scuba Divers Explore Yellowstone Lake

    Bozeman Scuba Divers Explore Yellowstone Lake

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:38 PM EDT2014-07-23 03:38:22 GMT
    Montana is known for its outdoor recreational and adventure sports.There's everything from whitewater kayaking to extreme mountain biking.
    Montana is known for its outdoor recreational and adventure sports.There's everything from whitewater kayaking to extreme mountain biking.
  • INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:51:52 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.
  • Many Frustrated By Stalled Cobell Settlements

    Many Frustrated By Stalled Cobell Settlements

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 9:30 PM EDT2014-07-17 01:30:30 GMT
    In Congress Wednesday, the group in charge of doling out Cobell settlement claims says it's waiting on setting exact amounts and a judge's okay before making the rest of the payments.
    In Congress Wednesday, the group in charge of doling out Cobell settlement claims says it's waiting on setting exact amounts and a judge's okay before making the rest of the payments.
  • Look At All The Cute Pet Pics!

    Look At All The Cute Pet Pics!

    Friday, May 31 2013 1:11 PM EDT2013-05-31 17:11:30 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Alright all you pet lovers, we are on a hunt for the cutest pet picture out there! Do you have an adorable picture of your pet? We want it!
    KHQ.COM - Alright all you pet lovers, we are on a hunt for the cutest pet picture out there! Do you have an adorable picture of your dog, bird, bunny, gerbil, rat, snake, fish, cat, pig, horse, cow, hermit crab, goat, sheep, lizard...eh...you get the picture. We want THAT picture! >>>SEE ALL THE CUTE PET PICS INSIDE THE STORY>>>
  • So Good: Fast Pitch Duo of Ray and Walker

    So Good: Fast Pitch Duo of Ray and Walker

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-07-16 23:57:19 GMT
    After being some of the state's best for separate teams in different cities, Frenchtown's Morgan Ray and Deer Lodge's Dani Walker have combined forces on the Montana Avalanche Fastpitch softball team.
    After being some of the state's best for separate teams in different cities, Frenchtown's Morgan Ray and Deer Lodge's Dani Walker have combined forces on the Montana Avalanche Fastpitch softball team.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.