On Election Day, November 6, Montanans will have the opportunity to make a powerful statement in support of clean water by voting YES on I-186, known as the Requirements for Permits and Reclamation Plans of New Hard Rock Mines Initiative. If passed, the initiative will hold mining companies accountable and ensure that they don’t leave behind toxic messes for others to clean up.
When mines go bankrupt without adequate reclamation plans, Montana taxpayers are often left holding the bag–shelling out millions of dollars to clean up acids and heavy metals left behind by modern irresponsible mining practices. Toxic pollution from mines poses a threat to drinking water and public health, damages fisheries, and requires treatment for generations.
In the video above, Orvis’s vice chairman, Dave Perkins, explains why he supports I-186, walking the walk of Orvis’s conservation ethic. Dave lives in Wolf Creek, near the famed Missouri River, and he is passionate about protecting water quality. Join Dave by voting YES on I-186.