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Hecla knows that providing lifelong careers and protecting the environment go hand-in-hand. They’ve been doing it for more than a century.
Hecla’s philosophy is to operate mines safely by promoting a deeply rooted value-based culture, leveraging mining skills developed over the company’s long history, and by innovating new practices. Learn more about Hecla’s responsibility to safety and health, the communities their workforce calls home, and the environments they operate in.
Hecla has earned awards for excellence in mining and environmental stewardship and is committed to responsibly developing the Rock Creek and Montanore Mines from start to finish.
The combined copper/silver deposit beneath the proposed Montanore and Rock Creek projects is considered to be one of the largest untapped resources in the world. Both projects have been in permitting for decades. Mine development has been stymied by ongoing lawsuits which have forced delays and driven many companies out of Montana.
The Rock Creek Mine (acquired along with the former Troy Mine in 2015) is projected to create more than 300 full-time direct jobs with a payroll of $667 million. The mine will also provide $165 million in tax revenue and $400 million toward the purchase of goods and services. Located 5 miles from the town of Noxon, the Rock Creek Mine will be an underground room-and-pillar operation and will produce an estimated 6 million ounces of silver and 50 million pounds of copper annually. The life of the mine is currently estimated at 33-38 years.
The Montanore project was acquired by Hecla in 2016. It’s located approximately 5 miles northeast of Noxon in Sanders County (18 miles south of Libby). The deposit contains about 200 million ounces of silver and 2 billion pounds of copper, and would support approximately 20 years of mining.