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Statement from AG Mike McGrath Regarding the Canyon Resources “Takings” Lawsuit

Helena – Today’s ruling by the Montana Supreme Court should finally put to rest any assertions about Montana’s ability to protect its waters by banning the process of cyanide heap leach mining.

The court, in a well-reasoned opinion, effectively denied Canyon Resources’ claims for millions of dollars for an alleged government “taking of a private property.” The court upheld the State of Montana’s position that Canyon Resources did not have a property interest to develop a mine on the Blackfoot River. The state never issued the company a mining permit.

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