1000s of snow geese may have died in mine pit

2016-12-07 19:55
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Butte - Montana mine officials say it's likely that several thousand migrating snow geese died after landing in the toxic waters of the pit mine last week.

Montana Resources and Atlantic Richfield officials tell The Montana Standard that federal and state agencies are still verifying their counts, which are based on photos taken from drone and aircraft flights over the 283ha Berkeley Pit in Butte.

MR environmental affairs manager Mark Thompson said on Tuesday the company expects the total will be several times more than the 342 that died in 1995.

The mine estimates that as many as 10 000 snow geese landed in the pit at the Superfund site during a snowstorm on November 28. Mine officials have worked to haze the birds off the water and prevent others from landing.

The pit holds an estimated 170 billion litres of acidic, metal laden water.

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