The Toxic Pit With A $3 Admission Fee

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  • Published on Sep 16, 2019
  • The Berkeley Pit, in Butte, Montana, was once the richest hill on Earth: the Anaconda Copper Mine. Now: it's not all that rich, and it's not much of a hill. Instead, it's a toxic pit filled with sulfuric acid.
    Thanks to the Montana Resources team: www.montanaresources.com/
    REFERENCES AND FURTHER READING:
    "10,000 miles of tunnels": mtstandard.com/news/local/new-map-plots-butte-underground/article_f1de51e2-948f-5634-9aa0-87ad730d9cfd.html
    "35,000 people a year": www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/toxic-montana-pit-tourist-attraction]
    Protective Water Level, and the details of the underground water that I didn't have time to go into: pitwatch.org/protective-water-level/
    The first treated water being removed from the pit: www.mtpr.org/post/treated-water-begins-flowing-out-buttes-berkeley-pit
    Edited by Tom Fuller
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Comments • 2 474

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  2 months ago +4796

    I couldn't find a way to mention this in the video but: next door to the pit, there's still an active copper mine! Of course, they're being a bit more careful with the environment there.

    • John Doe
      John Doe 14 days ago

      Im during WWII ot was full steam

    • AnantaSesaDas
      AnantaSesaDas 19 days ago

      Stockstream; it’s between 2-4pH.

    • Sir Apple
      Sir Apple 20 days ago +1

      The other John Smith
      That reply is unreasonably hostile.
      I was never complaining about the upload schedule, I was commenting on it.

    • The other John Smith
      The other John Smith 22 days ago +2

      @Sir Apple Why does that matter? TheXvid is not like TV, and this may be a shock to you, but you can watch a video whenever you like. Even years after!

    • AnantaSesaDas
      AnantaSesaDas 23 days ago

      gaijininja; electrodes wouldn’t work because they decay when electricity is extracted from them. Recharging works by rebuilding the cathode or anode through reversing the tendency of electrical flow. Unless you recharge them then you need to replace the electrodes and that just wastes the lead in the cathodes.

  • OfficiaI U.S.M.C
    OfficiaI U.S.M.C Hour ago +2

    "The Toxic Pit With A $3 Admission Fee" - America in a nutshell

  • Bryan Jones
    Bryan Jones Day ago

    Dangit. I've actually been to Butte and never heard of this. Always flew in at night.. never even saw it!

  • Michael Benedict
    Michael Benedict 2 days ago +1

    when aliens discover our planet long after we're dead, this is going to be one of the biggest mysteries for them to figure out

  • PYXEL
    PYXEL 2 days ago

    They could just purify it and sell the acid to labs.

  • Sundown
    Sundown 3 days ago

    Getting paid to shoot birds with propane cannons, guns and fireworks
    Sign me up

  • SWGYArnold
    SWGYArnold 3 days ago

    Dr. Stone anyone?

  • Kyano Vp
    Kyano Vp 3 days ago

    Why dont they use it as a "free" Sulfuric Acid depository, like refine it into pure sulfuric acid and bam, a whole new industry for the small town

  • Greix
    Greix 3 days ago +6

    No one:
    America: We use guns to scare birds crom a toxic pit.

  • Phill Pauley
    Phill Pauley 3 days ago

    So these guys get payed to scare birds away?

  • Sergeant Shultz
    Sergeant Shultz 3 days ago

    I want that job

  • Bert Offerings
    Bert Offerings 3 days ago

    It is said that Butte was built on a bluff and has been run that way ever since.

  • grancito2
    grancito2 3 days ago

    Typical ripoff USA government, charging to see anything they can. Next they will be charging people to see the discarded syringe needles and homeless people shitting in the streets of San Francisco.

  • John Flynn
    John Flynn 4 days ago

    Dr. Stone anyone?

  • Scarlet Dcruz
    Scarlet Dcruz 5 days ago

    Why can't they use the shade balls to cover up the water.

  • Aidan Chaz
    Aidan Chaz 5 days ago

    Private school

  • Juixe
    Juixe 5 days ago

    video is outdated. league has been free to play for quite some time now

  • Kilroy
    Kilroy 5 days ago

    If they really gave a crap shade balls used for blocking the u v light in water storage ponds also keeps birds away

  • ceruchi
    ceruchi 6 days ago

    $3 isn't bad. You wanna see the meteor crater in Arizona you gotta pay like $18.

  • Neolexious Neolexian
    Neolexious Neolexian 6 days ago +1

    Someone should just build a transatlantic canal to connect this acidic lagoon to the alkaline one in Buxton.

  • TheMightyKinkle
    TheMightyKinkle 6 days ago

    Can you not pump a load of Alkaline in it to neutralise it?

  • Q U
    Q U 6 days ago +1

    So...If they just ignored it, Mother Nature would clean it out eventually.
    But, then they couldn’t steal my tax dollars.

  • Satrio Arif
    Satrio Arif 6 days ago +4

    We have high calliber assault rifle as bird detterent
    How american is that

  • The GovNer
    The GovNer 6 days ago +1

    Shoots birds all year, blames it on the lake, genius

  • rob1248996
    rob1248996 7 days ago

    If the birds get too close to the water we use an M16!!!!!!

  • rob1248996
    rob1248996 7 days ago

    But think how many penny's it made.

  • M M
    M M 7 days ago

    They commercialized Yellow Stone Park to such an extreme that the US Calvary had to protect the park for 30 years. Anything can become a capitalistic pit.

  • davidemmyg
    davidemmyg 8 days ago

    Funny how stupid we are, these things will remain toxic for centuries and we dont even know whether we can maintain them until they become non toxic. I have a feeling that the profit from mining in no way can cover the costs ofmaintaining this for perpetutity but then that how the financial systems work

  • Jarvalicious
    Jarvalicious 8 days ago

    That seems like an awesome job and that guy is understandably happy.
    They get to use guns and propane cannons to *SCARE AWAY BIRDS*

  • Rdizzle B
    Rdizzle B 8 days ago

    Fill it with the black balls like in California

  • Turbocharged Dude
    Turbocharged Dude 8 days ago +1

    Shooting an AR into a lake when birds land. How do I apply?

  • Petyr Kowalski
    Petyr Kowalski 9 days ago

    We really are vile polluters as a species.

  • Armando Epifani
    Armando Epifani 9 days ago

    Fireworks, propane cannons and rifles.. sounds like a party pit!

  • rohnerw
    rohnerw 9 days ago

    Had they never stopped the pumps that were pumping the water out of the pit when it operated, had they never allowed the pit to fill, the problem that ultimately resulted would not exist today. The company that operated the pit should have had a legal requirement to keep the pumps operating and treating the water when they quit producing ore from the pit. As stated in the video, as the acidic water is now being pumped out and treated, the acidity of the water is dropping, due to the dilution affect of fresh water inflow, and treated water outflow. If they keep doing that, which they must, in time, the PH of the water will reach a neutral value. At the present treatment efforts though, that will take decades.

  • Noname Noname
    Noname Noname 9 days ago

    So the water level is contained, but when will eventually the water stop being toxic? Is it like with nuclear contamination, lasting for hundred thousands of years?

  • Chris Hyde
    Chris Hyde 10 days ago

    only in america do they try to save stuff by using guns

    • rohnerw
      rohnerw 9 days ago

      Pray tell, oh great and wise Hyde, what better and more economic method(s) you would use to roust birds that have landed on a lake over 1.6 kilometers wide? No doubt tourists would pay well over 3 dollars to come to a US Super Fund/toxic water filled pit, to fund a more expensive method.

  • Debraval Reyes
    Debraval Reyes 10 days ago

    Someone's paying these idiots to watch water and make sure birds don't land on it? Wow

  • Anonymousjoe64
    Anonymousjoe64 11 days ago

    Is this guy 25 or 55 idk

  • Yuhara
    Yuhara 11 days ago +2

    doctor stone? xD

  • polemius01
    polemius01 11 days ago

    On the up side: I'll bet a few people made lots of money during their destructive rampage.
    And, isn't that what's really important?

  • Angry Ox
    Angry Ox 11 days ago

    So how do I get a job scaring birds for a living?

  • vaultboy 124
    vaultboy 124 11 days ago

    acidic pit huh sounds like you need pontoons that dump baking soda into it to neutralize it

  • TokeTooMuch 420
    TokeTooMuch 420 11 days ago

    Copper mining is very destructive, not the mine is self but that chemicals they use to strip the metal from the ore

  • P1X3L D3L74
    P1X3L D3L74 12 days ago +6

    Bird: *Flies to Berkeley Pit*
    Americans: So, you have chosen death

  • J P
    J P 12 days ago

    Does the admittance fee go towards maintenance of the site?

  • Tim McCarthy
    Tim McCarthy 12 days ago

    I've been here! Naturally, the gift shop was selling copper items. I considered buying a copper glass to make Moscow Mules, but fortunately I found out that unless the glass has a tin lining inside (this one didn't), the copper can leach into your drink and poison you. What better souvenir to bring home from Butte than metal poisoning?

  • Hunter Payton
    Hunter Payton 12 days ago

    Instead of spending all the time and money to scare birds away and have something like a harmful "lake", why not fill it in? Plenty of dirt around it and if they are mining close to it, use that dirt too..

  • connor beckmann
    connor beckmann 12 days ago

    Dream job

  • Gary Drummond
    Gary Drummond 12 days ago

    It's exceptionally disappointing that it isn't named the Butte Hole

  • Kyle Ihle
    Kyle Ihle 12 days ago

    This is the town where Robert O’Neal is from, the guy who killed bin laden

  • pacificswell
    pacificswell 12 days ago +1

    All for the precious copper metal, Homo-Sapiens are awesome creatures.

  • Kyle Langley
    Kyle Langley 12 days ago

    Patrick Star: “Why don’t we just take the toxic pit and push it SOMEWHERE ELSE.”
    Oil Companies: “Mate you might be on to something.”

  • xlkatz
    xlkatz 13 days ago

    So what’d happen to us if we took a dip? I’d assume some very serious burns?

  • Wasabi Thumbs
    Wasabi Thumbs 13 days ago +53

    "We are actually 99% effective"
    1% of birds: Why do I hear boss music

  • rex mundi
    rex mundi 13 days ago

    Now I want to know about the people who's houses were destroyed to get at the copper. Must be rich, I guess. That's how it works, right?

  • Taylor Herzog
    Taylor Herzog 13 days ago

    Butte what

  • mc fist
    mc fist 13 days ago

    How about a fuckin net

  • mc fist
    mc fist 13 days ago

    How about a fuckin net

  • Michael Hansen
    Michael Hansen 13 days ago

    The water was a deep red color about 15 years ago. I wonder what changed?

  • Hatacoyama
    Hatacoyama 13 days ago

    Dr. Stone anyone?