Montana’s environmental laws are strong. The Montana Code Annotated (MCA) and the Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) boast a rigorous permitting system that is among the most stringent in the world. Montana mining laws and regulations are in place to keep industry operators responsible and accountable. Now come environmental groups, through I-186, wanting to disrupt and derail what is successfully protecting both Montana’s water supplies and the environment, while simultaneously allowing Montana's economy to prosper.
Ballot language and the complete text of I-186 can be found here. I-186 is faulty and should be defeated for the following reasons:
It is unnecessary based on existing laws and regulations.
Mining operators would be required to prove a negative as to the reclamation plan’s water treatment component.
Terms of the Initiative are not clearly defined, leaving the task of cleaning up the ambiguities to the Legislature and the courts.
Undefined terms will create a field day for environmental lawyers looking for reasons to file suit against mining permit seekers.
Real financial costs to taxpayers are associated with the Initiative. More government employees will be required and litigation is anticipated.
Montana’s mining industry growth would be negatively impacted by the requirements of the Initiative.
Future mining would be prevented, cutting deep into tax revenue needed for essential government services.
Jobs and supporting industries would be harshly impacted, trickling down to economic damage to local and state economies.
The September 2018 report from the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana details the significantly positive impact of mining in our state. Jobs, personal income, sales revenue, tax revenue, all of these contribute to the funding of local and state economies consisting of schools, health care facilities, small businesses, law enforcement, and more.
Montana’s mining industry plays a pivotal role in our economy, but only if it is not put out of business by out-of-state environmental groups. We cannot submit to environmental extremism that prevents us from realizing the tremendous opportunities presented by the abundant and untapped mineral resources in our state.
Please vote NO on I-186.
To learn more, visit the STOP I-186 website.
Paid for by: Montanans for Limited Government
Kathy Kay, Treasurer
PO Box 1154, Lolo, MT 59847