The Montanore Project is a proposed copper and silver underground mine and transmission line located about 18 miles south of Libby near the Cabinet Mountains of northwestern Montana Montanore Minerals Corp. (MMC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Mines Management, Inc. (MMI) would be the project operator.
The Kootenai National Forest (KNF) and the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are the lead agencies for the environmental impact statement being prepared for the project. BPA is a cooperating agency on the project because, if a decision is made to build the project, BPA would build a substation and tap line. BPA's involvement is limited to the impacts of the proposed tap line and substation that would serve the mine facility.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Lincoln County, Montana are also cooperating agencies.
The KNF and DEQ issued a Joint Final EIS for the Montanore Project on December 18, 2015. These agencies have identified Mine Alternative 3 and Transmission Line Alternative D-R as the preferred alternatives in the Joint Final EIS. The KNF and DEQ will likely issue Record of Decisions in 2016.
For additional information on the project status, please visit the USFWS Kootenai National Forest's Montanore Project webpage.
Kootenai National Forest
31374 U.S. 2 West
Libby, MT 59923-3022
1520 East Sixth Avenue
Helena, MT 59620-0901
|Cooperating agency environmental lead:
Environmental Protection Specialist
Bonneville Power Administration - ECT-4
P.O. Box 3621
Portland, OR 97208-3621
Project documents are located on the Kootenai National Forest's Montanore Project webpage.