Every Montanan knows that the Smith River is spectacular and without rival. In 2007, Governor Schweitzer had this to say about the Smith: “in a state blessed with so many natural treasures, the Smith River is one of Montana’s crown jewels.” However, this “crown jewel” is under attack and – shockingly – with the help of a Helena-based consulting firm.
Helena-insiders are confirming that the consulting firm Strategies 360 has apparently signed a contract to work on behalf of Tintina. Tintina is the Canadian company that wants to develop a mine along the Smith River and risk contaminating one of the most remarkable natural resources Montana has to offer all while polluting a renowned trout fishery.
These Canadians can obviously write some big checks. How else could they get a consulting firm like the left-leaning Strategies 360 to sell out? 360 must be getting a great conversion rate on those loonies.
Make no mistake – this is a nonpartisan issue. Anyone who enjoys fishing, floating, and Montana’s unique outdoor heritage should be outraged that any Montana company would work with Tintina. Most Montanans cannot be bought so easily.
The proposed mine could create acid drainage, lower the water table, and capture arsenic and other water toxins. Goodbye Smith River.
It’s not too late. Let’s hope this Helena-based consulting firm wakes up from the money-coma and sets an example by disengaging with Tintina – immediately.
Save the Smith, Strategies 360. Save the Smith.