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Tintina Montana, wholly owned by Sandfire Resources America, Inc., is in the last stages of permitting their high tech, underground Black Butte Copper project to conduct mining operations on private property located approximately 17 miles north of the community of White Sulphur Springs in central Montana.

The underground Black Butte Copper project is located completely on private ranch lands with long term leases to the company. The property has maintained gravel road access and is within two miles of an interstate commerce highway.

Tintina Montana currently has 24 employees, several contractors and many businesses working on the proposed project. The company has spent over $60 million in exploration, environmental analysis and planning and plans to spend approximately another $300 million bringing the project into production. When the mine opens, 240 full-time employees and up to 50 full-time contractors will provide a significant and positive economic foundation for Meagher County and Central Montana in an environmentally friendly manner. Current and future local hires will remain critical in helping ensure a stable work force and supporting the local economy.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has jurisdiction to approve and regulate the underground Black Butte Copper project. All exploration and permitting is bonded by the MDEQ.

Tintina Montana started conducting exploration in September 2010 and applied for its Mine Operating Permit (MOP) in December 2015. A draft permit stating that Black Butte Copper met and exceeded all of the laws of the State of Montana was granted by MDEQ in September 2017. Since then, the MDEQ has been completing a 3rd party Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The Issue

After completing a multi-year rigorous review of the project proposal, the MDEQ released a draft EIS on March 11, 2019 and is now seeking public comment for 60 days on the mine proposal’s EIS.

The Environmental Impact Statement is available on the MDEQ website at (this will open a new window/tab). 



The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is accepting public comment on the Black Butte Copper Project EIS until May 10, 2019!

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