An Idaho company is seeking approval for an underground gold mine on private land outside Butte, Mont.
A Montana Department of Environmental Quality regulator said June 8 that Timberline Resources of Coeur d’Alene wants to remove about 1,500 tons of ore and waste per day.
Warren McCullough is chief of the DEQ’s environmental management bureau. He says the ore would be shipped offsite for processing and the waste would be dumped on the site or used as backfill.
The 80-acre mining site is about 15 miles south of Butte on private land surrounded by the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.
McCullough says high gold prices are driving renewed interest in underground gold seams once considered uneconomical.