As of December 1, 2016, the Pit’s water level was 5,336.34 feet above sea level. When water levels at one of the monitoring compliance points around the Pit reach the Critical Level of 5,410 feet, pumping and treating of Pit water will begin. Current projections estimate that the Critical Level will be reached around 2023. Full monitoring reports and data are […]

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Study details slope stability

The rate of rise of water levels in the Berkeley Pit and connected monitoring points is affected by many factors, including rain and snowfall and occasional ‘sloughs’ or ‘slumps’ of material from the Pit’s sidewall slopes. The most recent slough occurred on February 8, 2013. An estimated 820,000 tons of material from the southeast wall collapsed into the Pit. Montana […]

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Since the Berkeley Pit was designated as a Superfund site in the 1980s, things have gone largely as expected. In one instance the site remedy has proceeded at a faster pace than mandated in the 1994 Record of Decision (or ROD, available in its entirety here). The ROD called for the water treatment plant for the Pit to be designed […]

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Drones in the works for water quality sampling

Montana Resources and Atlantic Richfield are currently funding a Montana Tech graduate student to develop a remote system to sample Pit water quality. The student will review options to collect the required data, including aerial or water-based drones that can be operated from the shore of the Pit. Due to the size of the Pit and the need to collect […]

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Maps of Berkeley Pit Monitoring Sites

Maps from the Montana Bureau of Mines & Geology (MBMG) showing Berkeley Pit-related alluvial and bedrock monitoring sites have been added to PitWatch.Org. View snapshots of the maps below, click on an image to view a larger version, or use the links at the bottom of the page to download printable .pdf versions of the maps.      

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