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On November 28, an incoming snowstorm pushed a swirl of 25,000 snow geese into the vicinity of Butte, Montana, reports the Associated Press. That’s about five times as many geese as the city sees in a whole year. And in many places, such a large flock of the bright white birds with black-tipped wings would be exciting. But for employees at the Berkeley Pit, a 700-acre gaping hole filled with contaminated water, the incoming geese were a nightmare.
The Berkeley Pit is a former open pit copper mine located in Butte, Montana, United States. It is one mile long by half a mile wide with an approximate depth of 1,780 feet (540 m). It is filled to a depth of about 900 feet (270 m) with water that is heavily acidic (2.5 pH level), about the acidity of cola or lemon juice. As a result, the pit is laden with heavy metals and dangerous chemicals that leach from the rock, including copper, arsenic, cadmium, zinc, and sulfuric acid.
There is a "plan" but there is literally no good solution for this problem. Its almost as if there needs to be an actual crisis before action, and while it is terrible that so many geese died, it might help address the real threat the Pit poses.
There are quite a few measures in place. Huge horns and a stockpile of fireworks/blanks to try to prevent birds from landing. A net was proposed but scrapped because of the sheer size of the Pit - maintaining it would be a total nightmare.
originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: intrptr
As opposed to China or Venezuala or old Soviet Russia where the governments ran ship-shape and environmentally pritine operations?