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"W hat distinguishes these mining proposals from other cases I've seen are the dewatering effects inside the wilderness. Both mines will be essentially accessing the same ore body from opposite sides of the wilderness. Groundwater would have to be pumped out of the underground tunnels, lowering the water table by up to 1,000 feet."

Bonnie Gestring of Earthworks, a nonprofit environmental group that focuses on mineral and energy development, discussing the effects two proposed copper and silver mines under the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness could have on water resources in the Montana wilderness.
- Spokane Spokesman-Review

On The Bookshelf
Barbara Theroux reviews Douglas Emlen’s "Animal Weapons"


Mountain West Perspectives
Montana's two-year colleges revamp education to meet changing workplace demands


A Look Ahead

Mountain West Voices
Hear weekly stories from the Rocky Mountain West as gathered by Clay Scott

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