Montanans are angry that a bull project has been delayed because of an inability to build the necessary building materials.
But they’re not alone.
The Montana Department of Natural Resources said it was not able to obtain the materials necessary to construct the project after the Department of Transportation refused to issue permits for the construction of the proposed road in the northern Montana town of Montavilla.
The Department of State says the agency also needed to obtain federal permits, which were denied in the Montana Supreme Court.
“We’ve had no success in getting the state to do this project,” said Mike Miller, the director of the Department’s Wildlife Resources Division.
Miller said the agency is working to get the project moving again.
He said the department is working with other federal agencies to find out if the project will be viable.
A spokeswoman for Montana Secretary of State Doug Mayer said the Department is currently reviewing all the information requested by the state.
“As soon as that information becomes available, we will make that determination,” said Melissa Gilden.
Montana’s governor says the decision to delay the project was a surprise.
“I’m not sure why the project wasn’t moved forward,” said Gov.
Steve Bullock, who called the decision a “disgrace.”
“I was disappointed to learn that the Secretary of the Interior refused to grant us a project permit,” Bullock said in a statement.
“Montana has had a history of strong cooperation with federal agencies on projects such as the Montavillas Bridge project and the Montañas River restoration.
We look forward to getting back to work on the project.”