PitWatch Issue Volume 3, Number 2 The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology has issued a 15-year report containing water-level data collected from all of the mine flooding monitoring points from 1982 to 1997. The comprehensive document also includes numerous graphs, maps, and historic photographs, plus explanations of the various areas that comprise the Butte Mine Flooding Superfund Site. To […]

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Learning About The Westcamp


PitWatch Issue Volume 3, Number 2 Previous issues of PITWATCH have been devoted almost exclusively to the Berkeley Pit and surrounding “East Camp” underground wells and mine workings. Another area of the underground water system called West Camp also deserves our attention. The West Camp lies southwest of the Berkeley Pit/East Camp drainage and includes the Travona, Emma, and Ophir […]

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High Water History


 PitWatch Issue Volume 3, Number 2 When the Anaconda Company stopped pumping groundwater out of the West Camp in 1965, the water level in the Travona quickly climbed to over 5,500 feet. Water started seeping into basements in the area bounded by Iron Street in the north, Front Street in the south, Montana Street in the west, and Maryland […]

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Active Mining in Butte and the Berkeley Pit


PitWatch Issue Volume 3, Number 1 (1998) We can explain some, but not all, aspects of the relationship between the Berkeley Pit and Montana Resources (MR), the corporation actively mining here in Butte. As you may recall, last year MR and ARCO hammered out an agreement on Berkeley Pit clean-up responsibilities, but the details were not made public. Here’s what […]

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