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Montana court blocks mining company from mining near Yellowstone National Parkwerner

Mining News - Published on Thu, 18 Apr 2019

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Jurist reported that Montana district court ruled Monday that a Canadian mining company cannot mine for gold in an area north of Yellowstone National Park. The ruling is a result of a suit brought by the Park County Environmental Council and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. In its decision, the court ruled that certain amendments to the Montana Environmental Policy Act violate the Montana Constitution beyond a reasonable doubt. The court found that “In passing the Amendments at issue here, the Legislature upset the balance of competing fundamental rights that was inherent in MEPA since its enactment.”

It also found that the Amendments did not survive strict scrutiny, and therefore found that the Amendments violated the Montana Constitution.

Because these Amendments violated the Montana Constitution, the court found that the decision to issue an exploration license to the mining company was void.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 18 Apr 2019
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