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SEVEN-UP PETE REVISITED.

THE OWNERS OF the proposed McDonald (Seven-Up Pete) Gold Mine in the upper Blackfoot Valley of Montana sued in federal and state court last April to have a state voter-approved ban on cyanide heap-leach mining overturned as unconstitutional or mandate payment of $.5 billion. Canyon Resources Corp. told the court that Montana voters unfairly singled out the McDonald gold mining proposal when they approved Initiative 137 (passed in November 1999), which banned the use of cyanide to separate gold from ore at new open-pit mines in Montana. Canyon Resources says $.5 billion of its mine value was unconstitutionally taken by the voters when they approved the ban and is asking to be reimbursed. Montana Attorney General Joe Mazurek says he will vigorously defend the right of the state to enact laws to control the environmental effects of cyanide mining.

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Title Annotation:McDonald Gold Mine, Blackfoot Valley, Montana
Publication:Fly Fisherman
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U8MT
Date:Sep 1, 2000
Words:139
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