Statement Regarding Dismissal of Chessman Reservoir Lawsuit
Montana Attorney General Tim Fox issued the following statement in response to the dismissal of a lawsuit that sought to halt a forest-management project around Helena’s Chessman Reservoir.
“The dismissal of this lawsuit is good news for the tens of thousands of Montanans who rely on Helena’s fresh water supply. It’s also good news for promoting healthy forests in Montana. My office will continue to take an active role in challenging frivolous lawsuits from environmentalists intent upon preventing responsible forest management and job-creating natural resource development in Montana.”
Earlier this year, two groups filed suit in federal court to halt the Red Mountain Flume Chessman Reservoir Project – a limited forest-management project intended to protect Helena’s fresh water supply from wildfires. In August, Attorney General Fox and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation filed an amicus brief on behalf of the state arguing that the project is in the best interests of Montanans and should be allowed to proceed. Judge Christensen denied the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction and the project began in August.