1. Resource Communities and Community Benefit Agreements: Securing Long-Term Benefits From Short-Term Extractive Projects

Authors: Jackson Rose*, Montana State University, Julia H Haggerty, Montana State University
Topics: Energy, Resources
Keywords: Resources, energy, rural
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 1:10 PM / 2:50 PM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Community benefit agreements for large mining projects have widespread deployment and acceptance in the international context. They are less commonly used in the United States but may have relevance in the context of new mining projects, especially in the context of short- duration, high intensity projects that offer few long-term jobs. Such projects force communities to rethink the value proposition of large mines, and our approach has been to advocate for the CBA as a process and a vehicle for securing local value. This poster reports on work to support a rural community—White Sulphur Springs in Central Montana—as it tries to navigate the negotiation of a CBA with an international mining company.

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