FFI expresses concerns that the comment period for the project is too short and that the EIS doesn't adequately address ramifications of potentials failures in the plan.
May 7, 2019
The Honorable Steve Bullock
State of Montana
Director Shaun McGrath
Montana Department of Environmental Quality
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Dear Governor Bullock and Director McGrath:
We are writing on behalf of Fly Fishers International (FFI) to express our concerns regarding the proposal by Tintina Resources and Sandfire to develop a copper mine that could threaten the Smith River and some of its tributaries. We are particularly concerned about deficiencies in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).
Fly Fishers International is a global organization dedicated to the support, enhancement and protection of the recreational opportunities and enjoyment of fishing with the artificial fly. We do this through teaching all aspects of fly fishing and most importantly through our advocacy, demonstration and voice for conservation of our natural resources.
We join with many others who are concerned about the proposal by Tintina Resources and Sandfire to develop a large copper mine in the headwaters of the iconic Smith River. The Smith River is renowned for its spectacular scenery, towering limestone canyons, and blue-ribbon trout fishery, and it’s an economic engine for the region – generating up to $10 million in annual revenue from these activities.
Our concerns about the DEIS include:
In summary, the DEIS, as submitted, does not sufficiently address the potential risks this mine poses to the Smith River watershed. We implore Governor Bullock and the DEQ to address these additional concerns. The Smith River is too important to Montana and to our nation to do less.
Tom H. Logan
Board of Directors