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Congress must act to protect Yellowstone Gateway now

Sen. Steve Daines, Rep. Greg Gianforte and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke have all stated that they oppose the proposed mining in the Paradise Valley area. Lucky Minerals wants to drill exploratory holes up Emigrant Creek way and sell their claims to a major mining consortium if it looks profitable, which they say it does. Crevice Mountain wants to develop a major mining operation in the Jardine area, which abuts the Yellowstone River and Yellowstone National Park,.

Neither of these mining schemes would be good for the area ecology, economy or the environment. One has only to look at the history of mining in Montana to know that they mine and we pay for cleaning the mess up. If mining in these areas proceeds, farming and ranching, tourism, fishing and the quality of air and water will be adversely affected.

Sen. Jon Tester has a bill that would take 30,000 acres of public land in and around the Absaroka-Beartooth area out of play for the extractors. Daines, Gianforte and Zinke say they are for some sort of similar action to the Tester bill, but, to date, there is nothing that appears in print. Daines’ office said they would be have an alternative bill out by the first of November, but, to date, none has appeared. The time to get the Tester bill passed in 2017 is getting short. It is time for Daines and Gianforte to stand and deliver on their vague statements of support for the Mineral Withdrawal .

Daines and Gianforte should give the citizens of Montana some positive bipartisan good will and support the Tester bill in 2017.

Enough idle merriment, on with the work of the day! Make a call, and tell the good folks in D.C. that we need their support of the Tester Bill in 2017. Sen. Steve Daines’ D.C. phone: 202-224-9412. Rep. Gianforte’s D.C. phone: 202-225-3211. Secretary Ryan Zinke’s D.C. phone: 202-208-7351

-- Peter Murray, Emigrant

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