Another milestone: Yellowstone mines bill to get hearing!

We couldn't be more pleased that Sen. Jon Tester's bill to protect Yellowstone's northern gateway from risky gold mines will be getting a hearing tomorrow!

The Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act, which will protect 30,000 acres of your public lands north of Yellowstone from new gold mine proposals, is being heard in a Senate subcommittee Wednesday at 7:45 AM Montana time. You can watch the hearing live here.

Anglers on the Yellowstone River. Sen. Tester's bill to keep risky mines out of the Emigrant mining district (in the mountains in the background) is getting a hearing in a Senate subcommittee Wednesday. (Photo Bill Campbell.)

Anglers on the Yellowstone River. Sen. Tester's bill to keep risky mines out of the Emigrant mining district (in the mountains in the background) is getting a hearing in a Senate subcommittee Wednesday. (Photo Bill Campbell.)

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) sits on this subcommittee. The hearing is a big step forward for this bill, which has broad bipartisan support from hundreds of local Montana businesses in the Yellowstone Gateway Business Coalition.

Sen. Tester (D-MT), who introduced the bill in April, said in a release last week that the Yellowstone Gateway Protection Act would protect our healthy local economy from risks posed by large-scale gold mining.

“We need to keep the economy of this region strong for generations to come and this bill will ensure our kids and grandkids can experience the wonders of Montana’s outdoors at the doorstep of Yellowstone,” Tester said.

We'll be watching this hearing tomorrow morning, and we're looking forward to seeing this bill move through Congress. Yellowstone is more valuable than gold!

-- Joe Josephson, Montana Conservation Associate