Judge rules against state in Elbow Lake gravel pit case

A Missoula County District Court Judge ruled Aug. 8 that the state of Montana failed to correctly process the permit for the Elbow Lake gravel pit south of Salmon Lake.

The decision solidified the halt of work at the gravel pit, which has not been in operation since the nonprofit Protect the Clearwater sued for a temporary restraining order in July.

With the project sidelined, the Montana Environmental Review Board will make a final decision on the legality of the permit in the coming months.

The Elbow Lake Gravel Pit, which sits about 1,300 feet from the Clearwater River, was started by LHC c...

 

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