Copper Mountain, Montana’s largest and most valuable copper mine, has become a national monument and a cultural and economic treasure, as the federal government and local governments attempt to save it from imminent environmental collapse.
A handful of companies, including a family-owned mining company and an international mining company, have applied to recover the mine, and a lawsuit filed in late April by the US District Court for the District of Montana has already been thrown out by the district court.
But it has taken nearly two years to get to the federal level, with the Interior Department and the Trump administration having both refused to grant mining permits and to allow the miners to continue mining the mine.
“The process of permitting the copper mine has been fraught with difficulties and delays,” said James H. White, a professor at the University of Montana and author of the book Copper Mountain.
“At the same time, there is a lot of good will and hope to get the mine opened.”
The case was filed on behalf of the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages and operates the mine in Montana.
It has been on hold for over a year as the BLM considers how to proceed with the permit application.
The BLM has also been criticized by environmentalists and environmental groups for having delayed permitting, citing the need to conduct “environmental risk assessments” before it made the permits.
Mining companies claim that they are not allowed to conduct risk assessments for their operations and that the agency has failed to respond to repeated requests for information.
“BLM has ignored numerous requests from the Montana State Mining Association and the Montana Chamber of Commerce for more information on this case,” a spokesperson for the BLM told Newsweek.
The mining company has also said that it would be “impractical” to file the lawsuit now, as it is currently waiting for a final decision from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
But mining company owner Tommie Copper Com hopes to reopen the mine to the public after a two-year delay.
Copper Mountain was built to mine copper ore that had been mined in the United States since the mid-1800s, and since the 1970s it has been the largest copper mine in the country.
The mine is also the only mine in Wyoming, which has a large copper industry, with about 5,000 workers.
But after a number of years of mining and environmental disaster, the mining company in 2015 declared bankruptcy, leaving a gaping hole in the company’s finances and operations.
“It’s going to be a tough one for the public,” said Copper Mountain CEO and CEO James Huggins.
“I think it’s going for a long time, and we’re going to have to fight and work hard to save this mine.”
The company is also hoping to win the approval of the EPA for the mine’s future.
The Montana Department of Mineral Resources (DMNR) has approved mining permits for Copper Mountain and the other copper mines in the state.
The mines are slated to be opened in 2019 and 2020, with mining expected to begin in 2019.
But mining companies have not been given the green light to mine the mine without the consent of the BLM.
The proposed permits have also been held up by environmentalists who argue that the mining companies are not legally permitted to conduct risks assessments for the mines.
The environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed mines has been held back by the Montana Department to avoid a potential lawsuit by the mining industry.
According to a BLM spokesperson, the BLM has asked the court to review the mine and hold off on granting the mining permits until the mine is ready to be licensed.
“If the mine goes through with the permits, it would allow the mining to continue in the area and allow the BLM to protect the public interest,” the spokesperson said.
“That’s what the permit process is for.”
The mining companies claim the permit is not needed for the mining operation because it has already gone through an environmental impact assessment process, and that there are no plans to conduct a risk assessment for the project.
“In the past, the mine has undergone several risk assessments,” said Huggsins.
The miner also says that it has the authority to conduct an environmental assessment on the mine itself.
The Minerals Management Service (MMMS), the federal agency that manages mining permits, declined Newsweek’s request for comment.
However, in a statement to Newsweek, MMMS said: “The MMS was not notified by the BLM of any pending permit applications, but in light of the permit applications for Copper Mine and other mines, it was appropriate to wait until the permitting process was complete.”
The Montana mining industry, which is heavily dependent on the federal permit system, is fighting back.
“We believe the permit system should be abolished and our companies should have full authority to operate and mine without federal approval,” said Jim Stover, president of the Montana Mining Association.
“This permit system is archaic, inefficient, and