Dirty energy development threatened one of the most wild and beautiful landscapes remaining in North America — Montana’s Flathead River and the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.
Earthjustice took action, and development proposals in the region were banned by the Canada and the state of Montana in 2010.
The Flathead River flows from British Columbia south into Montana and forms the western boundary of Glacier National Park. Coalbed methane gas extraction and open-pit coal mining in the Canadian headwaters of the Flathead River threatened to fragment the Flathead's abundant habitat for grizzly bears, wolves, and wolverines, and to pollute the river's pristine waters.
Earthjustice engaged with international and domestic agencies to advocate for the Flathead River’s headwaters and the rich region they support. In 2010, British Columbia, in partnership with the state of Montana, agreed to ban mining, oil and gas development, and coalbed gas extraction in the valley.
Our Clients & Partners include: Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (British Columbia Chapter), Dogwood Initiative, Flathead Coalition, Forest Ethics, Headwaters Montana, National Parks Conservation Association, Sierra Club BC, Wilderness Society, Wildsight, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
Work by Earthjustice’s International Program, Northern Rockies Regional Office