Posted: Jun 8, 2011 6:57 AM by Katy Harris (KAJ News)
Updated: Jun 8, 2011 9:33 AM
LIBBY- A world class copper silver deposit in the Cabinet Mountains could employ 500 construction workers and 300 miners near Libby and on Tuesday, community members took a tour of the mining site that could bring jobs to their community.
Over 160 Lincoln County residents have expressed interest in the Monanore Mine site this week and took a tour of the mine facility.
The Montanore Positive Action Committee is determined to bring jobs to the Libby community that the town desperately needs since the decline of the timber industry.
MPAC asked Montanore Minerals Corporation to work with them on hosting a tour of the mine site.
Mine supporters wanted to show the public how small the site is on the surface, creating a small footprint in the Cabinet Mountains.
"I don't think you get a good grasp on all the things that we do both for safety and environmental protection without coming here and seeing it," commented Montanore Minerals Permit Manager Eric Klepfer. "It's a great setting, it's a beautiful surrounding and it's great for
people to see what we do to protect that and have our minimum footprint so we can co-exist with multiple land use."
"We have a company here that has already invested in the community and the community has got good support for it," added MPAC Chairman Alvin Benitz.
The mine is expected to begin operations in 2012 starting with exploration of the ore deposit.