A ballot initative in Montana seeks to ensure that all future mines make plans to clean up their own messes. In the video above, Orvis vice chairman Dave Perkins–who lives in Wolf Creek, Montana–explains why a YES vote is important for anyone who values clean water.
Montana already has more than 200 abandoned mines that are discharging contaminants and polluting waterways. This has led to almost 2,500 miles of contaminated streams. You know who pays for fixing these problems? Taxpayers do.
I-186 is not an anti-mining bill. It is about making mining companies accountable to taxpayers and protecting vital resources like clean water for future generations. This initiative, which only applies to new mines, would not cost a single job. Companies are already mining without leaving a legacy of destruction in Big Sky Country.