VICTORY! Bull Mountain Mine Expansion
In the foothills of central Montana near Roundup, we kept 170 million tons of coal, underlying 7,000 acres, in the ground. We challenged the Bull Mountains/Signal Peak Mine expansion, arguing that the agency’s analysis of impacts to water employed an erroneous standard and that the evidence presented did not show that the mine wouldn’t harm groundwater. That water is needed by nearby ranching operations for livestock, and combustion of coal from the Bull Mountain Mine will cause continued contamination of the air and water, will exacerbate the crisis of climate change. The Montana Board of Environmental Review agreed with us that the mining company’s analysis was insufficient and a blatant violation of the law, and we are proud to celebrate this accomplishment for clean water, healthy air, and resilient communities.