No. 81-354.

648 P.2d 734 (1982)

STATE ex rel., MONTANA WILDERNESS ASSOCIATION, et al., Petitioner and Appellant, v. BOARD OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION OF the STATE OF MONTANA, et al., Respondents and Respondents.

Supreme Court of Montana.

Decided July 9, 1982.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Goetz, Madden & Dunn, William L. Madden argued, Bozeman, for petitioner and appellant.

James F. Walsh, Pamela K. Merrell, Butte, Donald MacIntyre argued, Dept. of Natural Resources, Helena, Richard J. Andriolo argued, Bozeman, Corette, Smith, Pohlman & Allen, R.D. Corette, Jr., argued, Butte, for respondents and respondents.

Schulz, Davis & Warren, Dillon, for amicus curiae.

HASWELL, Chief Justice.

The Board of Natural Resources & Conservation (BNRC) granted the Montana Power Company (MPC) permission to construct a 161 KV electrical transmission line from Bozeman to Ennis to Dillon with a 161 KV spur from Ennis to Big Sky. Montana Wilderness Association, Inc. (MWA) and Environmental Information Center, Inc. (EIC) appealed BNRC's decision to the District Court of Lewis & Clark County....

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