And Oregon, and Washington, and Idaho and every other darn state in the Union.
Last week a gentleman made his presence known at a public scoping meeting for the proposed Tintina mine that will impact the world famous Smith River in Montana.
While not the most pc in delivery the man's message was clear.
The public owns the river
While the mining company made up of a consortium of Australian and Canadian interests wants to put a mine into a super sensitive area, we need to remind ourselves that pubic waterways like the Smith are part of the public trust.
It scares me when companies promise that their mine will be safe, considering that just one mess up will scare the resource into perpituity. We need mining, but there are places like Bristol Bay and the Smith that if lost, will never be able to be mitigated back into health
I bet that the mining company behind the Mt Polly disaster also promised that nothing would ever happen there.
So back to the guy who threw a world class rant at the meeting.
While the language isnt the best, understand this man's passion.
Back's against the wall, he went to the nuclear option. The best part of the whole deal, the PR person for the mining company posted the video thinking it would cause a bad reaction for the people that are against the mine
It brought more attention to the bad idea of having a mine in this special place. Thousands shared and commented and whoops, the video was removed from social media.
Thanks to the intrepid folks who are anti mine, the video was saved and reposted
Take a look HERE
It's your fucking river.
and while you're at it, give some love to the Save Our Smith group dedicated to keeping this mine off the river.