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  • dalawman66 dalawman66 Jun 25, 2011 10:16 PM Flag

    Spencer, Idaho is only 140 miles from Butte, Montana.

    First an apology to the Board: some have addressed me as a woman. Actually this account was " hijacked" from my wife as I used it to send out my message. I am a male who is retired , a former State Senator, former Circuit Court Judge and former State's Attorney from Illinois.My name is Ed Petka
    I have had a long time interest in PM's (over 40 years). I first learned of TLR from Jason Hommel 4 years ago and took a "small position sometime later. I flew to Butte to see another mine site in Silver Star Montana and decided to go to TLR at the last minute and am glad I went.
    I believe that there will be a lawsuit filed; it does not mean it will have any merit. Any one can file a lawsuit- I have seen literally hundreds of utterly baseless suits filed. Many of these suits are settled for what is properly described as nuisance value- it costs more to litigate a case than to pay a nominal settlement cost to get the matter closed.
    Montana has had an influx of refugees from California. Some prominent Hollywood "stars" have picked up property there and have made it their playground retreat. Many of these stars have money and IMO some very goofy ideas.
    The point made in my first post was that "greenies" and "back to nature" zealots with money can find skimpy grounds to file a suit and DELAY the implementation of a permit. (In Illinois some convicts sued because they were served with paper plates rather than getting porcelain dishware for their meals!!) It does not take much to find some lawyer ready to handle a lawsuit- even if it is frivolous. There was an injunction request made almost a year and a half ago to keep the Timberline haul trucks off the roads and it was granted for a short time- according to the mining engineer ( not Timberline's) I spoke with when I was there. The greenies and some who had bought property and settled there did not want any dust, noise, or other "inconveniences" associated with profitable mining to interfere with their quality of life. They had proposed using another route to haul away the rock that would be mined- even though it would add 42 miles to the length of the haul trip. As I said earlier, I have seen this movie before. Folks like these are not easily appeased. The filing of lawsuits to stop and or delay "intense" uses is a fact of life.The "grounds" for this lawsuit- not hard to imagine-- The Department of Environmental Quality "abused its discretion" in granting the permit. Once filed there will be motions, injunction requests, discovery, trial, appeals. I opined that a "final non appealable order to mine is unlikely in the next year". If TLR gets such a permit this year- few people will be happier than me.
    There are out of work miners and many businesses in the area who support this project for obvious reasons; TLR personnel told me that a state land management group supports the project also because TLR pays all costs to maintain the road that cuts through public lands to the TLR property.I like the TLR business model. I love the potential of its properties but I do not feel good about a final, non appealable order to mine being given to Timberline within the next year. I hope ( and pray) I am wrong.
    Ed Petka

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