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The Black Butte Copper property is located approximately 15 miles north of the community of White Sulphur Springs in central Montana.

Tintina Resources, Inc. (Tintina) is requesting to modify its exploration license to authorize conducting aquifer tests on three new wells to better define water resources data for their project.  The proposed aquifer tests would provide a more quantitative understanding of the interaction between stratigraphically controlled (layered) groundwater aquifers and surface water within the project area, and allow evaluation of the bulk permeability of shallow hydrostratigraphic units.  The data would then be used to predict impacts of the potential future mining of the copper deposit on surface water and groundwater quantity and quality. Further understanding these relationships will help Tintina protect all water resources.

The Black Butte Copper property consists of approximately 12,800 acres of both long-term mining leases on private ranch lands and 100%-owned federal mining claims.  The property has maintained gravel road access and is within two miles of an all-weather highway. The property is also near a high-voltage power line and is 50 miles from rail service.

The Black Butte Copper Project site has long held interest and modern exploration has been ongoing since the early 1970’s.  Homestake Mining explored the property in 1973 and 1974. Cominco American, Inc. (Cominco) conducted exploration from 1976 through 1985, and joint ventured the property with BHP from 1985 through 1988.

Tintina has been conducting exploration since September 2010 as permitted and bonded by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. 

The Issue

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has jurisdiction to approve and regulate the Black Butte Copper Project. 

The Expanded Checklist Environmental Assessment is available on the MDEQ website at http://deq.mt.gov/pubcom.mcpx (this will open a new window/tab). 

The complete document is also available for your review on this web site.  Please click on the link below to view the document.

The MDEQ has offered an alternative that would approve of the proposed pump testing with a modification that states: In the event that prolonged rainfall during the pumping tests precludes discharge to the LAD area at agronomic rates for a period longer than the water can be contained in the holding pond, Tintina would either temporarily store excess water in tanks or interrupt the pumping test.

Tintina supports this modified alternative.

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THE BLACK BUTTE COPPER PROJECT


Comments

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality accepted public comment on the Black Butte Copper Project Draft EA until July 21, 2014.

Comment Period - Ends July 21st!

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