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Get rid of State-level 'greenies'

| April 24, 2018 4:00 AM

To the editor:

The Environmental Policy Board is made up of three greenies who do all the dirty work of stopping mining for Earth First and other self-engendered environmental groups.

If only our Montana legislature, which is controlled by the Republicans, would do something in all the years they have had in control, like getting rid of this Enviro Policy Board, which has for years done nothing but obstruct coal mines and all other mines in the state. This board has cost the state millions of dollars in taxes, and also thousands of good paying jobs. How long must the people of Montana put up with these bad actors?

Pegasus was not at fault, the State of Montana was. Pegasus put up the required bond for reclamation; the State should have asked for a bigger bond, but as usual they did not know what they were doing.

Mr. Baker of Hecla was an executive for Pegasus Gold, which mined at Zortman Landusky Basin Creek area in Montana. Mr. Baker is being singled out by Tom Livers, the Hitler of the Montana Environmental Policy Board. He should fit in as executive of Earth First or The Sierra Club Greens, the shoes would fit him a lot better.

Other countries in the world would give anything to have two world-class ore bodies to mine in their backyard. Canada gives money to help get these mines started, from $50,000 to $100,000. Spain a few years back gave a $100,000 to help a company to open a copper mine.

The Montanore and Rock Creek together would hire around 700 workers with good paying jobs and the whole area, the schools and town, Libby and Troy and even Eureka with county tax help, would benefit.

—Harvey Fredericks