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Oct. 2, 2018, Billings Gazette, I-186 backers demand removal of 'deceptive' TV ad that claims it'll mean 'zero future mines'

Oct. 2, 2018, Missoulian, I-186 will protect economic health

Oct. 2, 2018 KTVQ, Battle over I-186, the mining/water-treatment measure, hits $3 million in Montana

Oct. 4, 2018, Missoulian, Both I-185, I-186 deserve 'yes' vote

Oct. 4, 2018, Industrial Equipment News, Industry Groups Spending Millions Fighting Montana Measures

Oct. 5, 2018, Billings Gazette, Guest opinion: Water perpetual worry for Kendall Mine neighbors

Oct. 6, 2018, Missoulian, I-186 protects clean water, Montanans' health

Oct. 8, 2018, KTVQ, Closer look at Montana’s I-186, measure on mining & water treatment

Oct. 9, 2018, Missoulian, Vote 'yes' on I-185, I-186 to save Montana's treasures

Oct. 9, 2018, Whitefish Pilot, I-186 means a vote for clean water in Montana

Oct. 11, 2018, Helena IR, Vote yes on I-186 to stop what legislature didn't

Oct.12, 2018, KPVI News 6, State mailing out correction to its earlier voter pamphlet

Oct. 12, 2018, KPVI News 6, Secretary of State issues correction for Voter Information Pamphlet

Oct. 12, 2018, Billings Gazette, Voter guide leaves out I-186 detail

Oct. 12, 2018, Helena IR, Cost of Montana mailing out correction to voter pamphlet will be $265K

Oct. 12, 2018 KTVQ, Montana voters to receive correction to state voter pamphlet

Oct. 12, 2018 KFBB, Election ballots sent out today

Oct. 13, 2018, Missoulian, Montanans will take care of our water with I-186

Oct. 14, 2018, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Out-of-state dark money puts profits ahead of state

Oct. 15, 2018, Flathead Beacon, State Mails out Addendum to Voter Information Pamphlet

Oct. 16, 2018, Flathead Beacon, Tracking Montana’s Ballot Initiatives

Oct. 16, 2018, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Opponents of I-186 accuse supporters of illegal texting

Oct. 16, 2018 Bozeman Daily Chronicle, I-186 will protect water, send message to mining

Oct. 17, 2018, Billings Gazette, Gazette opinion: Montana SOS’s $265,000 correction

Oct. 17, 2018, Havre Daily News, Faith leaders support I 186

Oct. 17, 2018, KULR, Company behind Black Butte Copper Mine facing campaign allegations

Oct. 18, 2018, Montana Standard, Guest view: Water issues bring support of I-186

Oct. 18, 2018, Montana Standard, Opponents of mining initiative say text messages violate campaign law

Oct. 18, 2018, KPVI: Mining initiative foes accused of taking foreign donations

Oct. 19, 2018, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, I-186 will keep our water clean, protect economy


Sept. 4, 2018, Public News Service, Ballot Initiative would hold hard rock mines responsible for their mess

Sept. 5, 2018, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Mining industry outraising conservation groups so far in ballot initiative fight

Sept. 9, 2018, Ravalli Republic, Support I-186

Sept. 12, 2018 Billings Gazette Once-contaminated creek flowing into Yellowstone may be clean enough for removal from impaired waters list

Sept. 12, 2018, Billings Gazette Once-contaminated creek flowing into Yellowstone may be clean enough for removal from impaired waters list,

Sept. 12, 2018, Montana Public Radio Mine Backers Lead I-186 Supporters in Fundraising,

Sept. 12, 2018, KBMF, Butte America Radio Superfund 101: David Brooks on I-186

Sept. 12, 2018 Helena IR, Last Chance Audubon supports I-186,

Sept. 13, 2018, Great Falls Tribune Fort Belknap backs state in bad actor case over Zortman-Landusky pollution,

Sept. 13, 2018, Great Falls Tribune Video News Story - Acid Rock Drainage: Pollution that never ends

Sept. 13, 2018 Laurel Outlook Op Ed by David Brooks Yes For Responsible Mining Calls on Stillwater Mine to Support I-186

Sept. 15, 2018, Helena IR, Montana Association of Counties meets in Missoula to develop legislative goals

Sept. 16, 2018, Bozeman Chronicle, State mayors support I-186 for responsible mining

Sept. 17, 2018, Ballot initiative supporters say modern mines still pollute (TRACK RECORD REPORT)

Sept. 19, 2018, Blackfoot Valley Dispatch, I-186 Ensures mining companies keep Montana’s water clean

Sept. 20 2018, Havre Daily, Support I-186 to protect Montana's waters

Sept. 20, 2018, Billings Gazette, Guest opinion: Montana runs on clean water, vote for I-186

Sept. 22, 2018, Missoulian, Montana mayors support I-186

Sept. 22, 2018, Flathead Beacon, Let’s Keep Our Waters Clean

Sept. 23, 2018, Daily Inter Lake, Initiative would reject mines destined to be perpetual polluters

Sept. 23, 2018, Bozeman Chronicle, Yes or No on I-186: 20 years after cyanide ban, will voters  approve another measure strengthening mining regulations?

Sept. 23, 2018, Daily Interlake, Election mailbag: Our readers weigh in on candidates, issues

Sept. 23, 2018, Bozeman Chronicle, I-186 will protect economy, Montana way of life

Sept. 25, 2017, Bozeman Chronicle, Bozeman Library to host ballot initiative forum

Sept. 25, 2018, Missoulian, I-186 a solution to pollution problem

Sept. 25, 2018, Bozeman Chronicle, Montana must stop paying subsidy for mining industry

Sept. 27, 2018, Billings Gazette, Two-page ballot in Yellowstone County will take an extra day to tabulate, election official says

Sept. 27, 2018, Bozeman Chronicle, Water essential for human survival, vote for I-186

Sept. 29, 2018, Missoulian, I-186 Raises bar for protecting clean water

Sept. 30, 2018, Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Montana’s history tells us to support I-186

Sept. 30, 2018, Daily Inter Lake, Montanans standing up for Montana’s water

Sept. 30, 2018, Missoulian, Say ‘no’ to perpetual water pollution: Vote ‘yes’ on I-186

Sept. 30, 2018, Billings Gazette, Following the money: Mining initiative illustrates diverse campaign tactics in Montana

Sept. 30, Missoulian, I-186 for an ounce of prevention


Aug. 1, 2018 Lewistown News-Argus Keep the debate constructive

Aug. 2, 2018 Missoulian, Say yes to I-186 

Aug. 3, 2018-Helena IR: Taxpayers shouldn't have to clean up mining messes

Aug. 5, 2018-Bozeman Chronicle: Don’t be fooled by mining company smoke and mirrors
Aug. 6, 2018 Writing Outdoors: I-186 not a mine killer


July 3, 2018-Montana Standard: Guest view: Protecting trout and clean water is a Montana value

July 3, 2018-Billings Gazette: Gazette opinion: Say 'no' to wasteful July special session of Montana Legislature 

July 3, 2018-Valley Journal: Mining corporations should be responsible for cleanup

July 3, 2018-Helena IR: Republicans aren't optimistic they have votes for special session

July 4, 2018-Helena IR: We must update mining laws to represent Montana values

July 5, 2018-Bozeman Chronicle editorial: Lawmakers should nix call for special session

July 8, 2018-Billing Gazette: Guest opinion: Initiative would protect Montana's clean water

July 9, 2018-Lee Newspapers: Montana Legislature probably won't have another special session, votes show

July 9, 2018-MTPR: Montana Special Legislative Session Looks Increasingly Unlikely

July 13, 2018-Fallon County Times: The future of mining and medicaid in Montana: A factual perspective

July 14, 2018-Billings Gazette: Support I-186 for Clean, Healthy Montana waters

July 16, 2018-Missoulian: Yes for Responsible Mining Initiative I-186 safeguards clean water in Montana

July 26, 2018 Great Falls Tribune: Tobacco Mining Initiatives OK’d for Ballot 
July 30, 2018-Missoula Current: I-186 headed for November vote, requiring water cleanup guarantee for new mines


June 1, 2018-Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Mining ballot initiative supporters nearing signature gathering threshold

June 1, 2018-Great Falls Tribune: Great Falls mayor backs push for tougher mine permitting

June 1, 2018-KFBB: Rally for I-186 and mining responsibility - News, Sports and Weather

June 3, 2018-Bozeman Daily Chronicle: Editorial: Mining initiative deserves chance at ballot

June 4, 2018-Missoulian: Mining industry shows true colors on perpetual pollution initiative

June 7, 2018-Montana Current: Smith River copper mine receives draft air pollution permit

June 26, 2018-Helena IR/Lee newspapers: Supporters of initiative to limit mine pollution rally at Capitol after collecting 45K signatures

June 26, 2018-KTVH/MTN stations: I-186 supporters bring a boat load of signatures to the State Capitol

June 26, 2018-MTPR: Montana Republicans Consider Special Legislative Session Over Ballot Initiatives

June 27, 2018-Great Falls Tribune: GOP lawmakers propose special session on ballot items

June 27, 2018-MTPR: State Lawmakers To Vote On Potential July Special Session

June 27, 2018-MTN: Republican MT lawmakers call for special session to devise competing ballot measures

June 28, 2018-Big Horn County News: Ballot initiative looks to tighten mining regulations

June 28, 2018-AP:Montana lawmakers to vote on whether to hold special session over ballot initiatives

June 28, 2018-Bozeman Chronicle editorial: DEQ right to protect state, bar ‘bad actor’

June 29, 2018-E&E: Fight over mining ballot measure could sway Senate race


I-186 supported by Fort Belknap Indian Community

“Fort Belknap is keenly aware of the impacts of hard rock mining as we are still suffering the environmental and health impacts of the Pegasus Gold mines at Zortman Landusky…”

—Resolution supporting I-186 signed May 7, 2018