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Opportunity, Montana: Big Copper, Bad Water, and the Burial of an American Landscape

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A memoir-meets-exposé that examines our fraught relationship with the West and our attempts to clean up a toxic environmental legacy

 

Montana—dubbed Big Sky Country and the Last Best Place—has long exerted a mythic pull on the American imagination as an unspoiled landscape. But behind the slogans lies a darker narrative about the brutal extraction of copper. The misleadingly named town of Opportunity was exploited first by the copper barons, who built the hamlet on wetlands doubling as a heavy-metal waste dump, and more recently by affluent exurbanites and well-meaning environmentalists with plans to restore the nearby Clark Fork River to its “natural” state. Opportunity, Montana is a story of progress and sacrifice, of copper and water, of father and son, and of our attempts to redeem the mistakes of the past.

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"Memoir, history, and the unequal application of economic justice come together in Tyer's deeply felt and sharply penned nonfiction debut. Tyer's reportage spotlights the process by which the tiny Montana town Opportunity became the dumping ground for millions of tons of toxic copper mining waste. The waste was uncovered as the result of a dam removal that helped beautify Missoula. Tyer also puts the fate of Opportunity in the context of Montana's 19th- and 20th-century mining history, which he documents in crisp, entertaining style. A long list of costly toxic Superfund cleanup sites follows. Tyer laces his withering descriptions with an outsider's appreciation for the myth and reality of the 21st-century West, some heartfelt words on the pleasures of canoeing wild rivers, and a moving exploration of his strained relationship with his late father. It's a complex tangle of themes, but the book finds a concise focus when Tyer observes the 'perverse poetry' and grim logic of pouring staggering amounts of waste into a place that's already hideously polluted, because 'the waste had to go somewhere. Waste always does. It doesn't disappear. It just gets kicked down the road.' Remarkably, Tyer paints sympathetic portraits of the environmentalists, cleanup officials, and resilient survivors of an environmental catastrophe who are trying to keep living in the only home they've ever known." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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About the Author

Brad Tyer has worked as an editor at the Missoula Independent and the Texas Observer. His writing has appeared in OutsideHigh Country News, the New York Times Book Review, the Houston Chronicle, the DrakeTexas MonthlyNo Depression, and the Dallas Morning News. He’s been awarded a Knight-Wallace Fellowship, a Fund for Investigative Journalism grant, and a Fishtrap writing residency.

Table of Contents

Preface

Part 1: Headwater

Part 2: Venus Rising

Part 3: Red Harvest

Part 4: Clark Fork

Part 5: Opportunity

Part 6: Revival

Part 7: Confluence

A Word About Facts

Acknowledgements

Sources

Credits

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807003299
Author:
Tyer, Brad
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 x 0.92 in 1.12 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Memoir, history, and the unequal application of economic justice come together in Tyer's deeply felt and sharply penned nonfiction debut. Tyer's reportage spotlights the process by which the tiny Montana town Opportunity became the dumping ground for millions of tons of toxic copper mining waste. The waste was uncovered as the result of a dam removal that helped beautify Missoula. Tyer also puts the fate of Opportunity in the context of Montana's 19th- and 20th-century mining history, which he documents in crisp, entertaining style. A long list of costly toxic Superfund cleanup sites follows. Tyer laces his withering descriptions with an outsider's appreciation for the myth and reality of the 21st-century West, some heartfelt words on the pleasures of canoeing wild rivers, and a moving exploration of his strained relationship with his late father. It's a complex tangle of themes, but the book finds a concise focus when Tyer observes the 'perverse poetry' and grim logic of pouring staggering amounts of waste into a place that's already hideously polluted, because 'the waste had to go somewhere. Waste always does. It doesn't disappear. It just gets kicked down the road.' Remarkably, Tyer paints sympathetic portraits of the environmentalists, cleanup officials, and resilient survivors of an environmental catastrophe who are trying to keep living in the only home they've ever known." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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