Mining Association Asking Montana Supreme Court To Void I-186

The Montana Mining Association is asking the state Supreme Court to void a proposed ballot initiative that would require state officials to deny mining permits unless proposed mines would not require perpetual environmental cleanup.

The Mining Association filed the petition last Friday. It says that because the current language of I-186 would change law immediately if voters approve it this November, it is not legal and should not be allowed on the ballot unless changes are made.