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Forest Service Considers Mining Project Near Yellowstone

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman says the agency is considering a more stringent analysis of a mining proposal near Yellowstone National Park after receiving thousands of public comments on the 2,500-acre project.

British Columbia-based Lucky Minerals Inc. wants to search for gold on federal and private land beneath Emigrant Peak in south-central Montana.

The project is currently undergoing a low-level review by the Custer Gallatin National Forest and state officials.

Forest spokeswoman Marna Daley says the depth of its review could change as the agency considers roughly 2,800 comments it received on Lucky Mineral's application.

Environmental groups say the company's exploratory proposal preludes a large mine that doesn't belong in the area.

A decision on how the Forest Service will proceed is expected by early fall.

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