Belt Creek’s comeback depends on treatment plant

For decades, discharges from the abandoned Belt Anaconda Coal Mine flowed into the creek, making it so acidic few fish can survive in it, says Bill Snoddy, a project manager for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality’s Abandoned Mine Lands Program… Read More

Mine reclamation storming ahead

KIRKVILLE — The view out the back window for Mary Ellen Schmitz looks terrible. It’s covered in deep, sucking mud that clings to everything. And Schmitz couldn’t be happier about it. -Read More-