Daines, Gianforte Urge Feds to Approve Northwest Montana Mines

Montana’s two Republican Congressmen in Washington, D.C. urged the Trump administration this week to approve two massive mining projects in Northwest Montana.

On Sept. 28, Sen. Steve Daines and Rep. Greg Gianforte sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to green light Hecla Mining Company’s Rock Creek and Montanore Mine projects.

Recent lawsuits against the projects have slowed the approval process for both mines, which some locals say could be an economic boon for an area plagued by some of the highest unemployment rates in Montana.