The Black Butte Copper Project will bring long-lasting social and economic change to our region.


“This is an opportunity for thoughtful, planned, and managed growth that will allow our community to develop into a healthy, vibrant balance of population, homes, jobs, schools, medical and retirement services, etc.”

Mike Eby, White Sulphur Springs

Economic Impact

We’re working with the community to build a business model that works for the people of Meagher County and Central Montana to prosper with the mine and for generations afterward.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Tintina meets regularly with a community group to make sure we are addressing all concerns of the community
  • Tintina is creating a Stakeholder group including the Montana conservation community and local/regional leaders to be involved in environmental stewardship.
  • The Montana Business Assistance Connection (MBAC) has projected that mine development will require 112 housing units in the community.
  • The Hard Rock Mining Impact Planning Act will help address the infrastructure needs of the community upfront.
  • Approximately 31 additional school-aged children will attend school in Meagher County during operational stage.
  • The countywide taxable value could quadruple, and is projected to increase upwards of $20 million dollars. Currently, countywide taxable value is $7,888,020 (TY 2012-2013).
  • The MBAC also projects annual retail sales increasing by $3.4 million during the life of the mine.

Jobs

Based on our expectation of 240 employees and 50 full time contractors, we project that we will be the largest employer in a 50 mile radius giving a significant economic boost to all of Montana.

  • There will be approximately 200 positions needed during the mine construction phase which will last 24-36 months. When the mine opens, the operational phase will provide approximately 240 jobs.
  • Positions will range from mine operators to truck drivers, electricians, mechanics, business and accounting services, management personnel and related occupations such as engineers, geologists, hydrologists, surveyors, maintenance personnel and other technical support positions. There will also be private contractors hired to perform certain tasks.
  • Compensation will be based on skill level, experience training and education. Entry level labor positions will begin around $15/hr for entry level and $29/hr for experienced miners and include benefit packages for health insurance, sick leave, vacation leave and some form of retirement package.
  • The average wage of workers will be approximately $65,000 per year including benefits. More highly skilled positions could expect compensation packages commensurate with industry standards for Montana and surrounding region.
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Social Responsibility

“Whenever and however we can support the local area by giving back and volunteering, we’re committed to doing so.The Black Butte Copper Project isn’t just about building the best mine… It’s about building a better community.”

Nancy Schlepp, Tintina, Public Relations Director and 4th Generation Meagher County Rancher

We can only do this project right with insight and support from our community.

This is how Tintina is engaging the people of Meahger County. From the begining through reclamation:

  • We’re committed to operating in an open, inclusive and cooperative manner
  • We seek input from our community members at every juncture
  • We look for ways to support growth and economic opportunity
  • Our tax funds can help improve local infrastructure.
  • We provide family sustainable wages
  • We’re protecting all of our natural resources
  • We’re transparent and accessible and share information regularly
  • Our company philosophy is to be involved in civic activities in the community
  • Employees regularly volunteer their time in the community

Schedule a Tour

We have designed, and will build, a state-of-the-art underground copper mine that sets a new standard in responsible development; not just in Montana, but world-wide. We want to have a net positive impact in everything we do. Please join us on our tour days on the first of every month, contact us with questions, or visit or website to learn more.

John Shanahan

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Frequently Asked Questions

What impact will this have to the community?

The Montana Business Assistance Connection has projected that mine development will require 112 housing units in the community and predicts that approximately 31 additional school-aged children will attend school in Meagher County during operational stage. The countywide taxable value is projected to increase upwards of $20 million dollars. Currently, countywide taxable value is $7,888,020 (TY 2012-2013). MBAC also projects annual retail sales increasing by $3.4 million during the life of the mine.

What type of investment will be made to bring the mine to fruition?

Tintina has spent approximately $35 million to date, and we expect that $20 million or more will be required to be spent in order to obtain a mine operating permit. The Pre Economic Assessment (PEA) estimates that mine construction will cost about $218 million. A great deal of this investment will benefit the White Sulphur Springs community and the surrounding area.

What type of wages will be paid?

Compensation will be based on skill level, experience training and education. Labor positions will begin around $15/hr. for entry level and $29/hr. for experienced miners and include benefit packages for health insurance, sick leave, vacation leave and some form of retirement package. The average wage of workers will be approximately $65,000 per year including benefits. More highly skilled positions could expect compensation packages commensurate with industry standards for Montana and surrounding region.

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