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Five months ago, then energy, mines and petroleum resources minister Blair Lekstrom said he couldn't speculate on what the compensation would be for companies affected by the Campbell administration's decision to ban mining, as well as oil and gas development, in the Flathead Valley. But, in an interview published yesterday in the Flathead Beacon, Premier Gordon Campbell told the American newspaper $17 million is "the ballpark of what we're looking at."

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