Posted: Sep 26, 2013 5:53 PM by John Sherer - MTN News
Updated: Sep 26, 2013 5:57 PM
A new website is giving people a better way to learn about the Berkeley Pit in Butte.
Anyone can come to the viewing platform off Continental Drive and look into the Berkeley Pit, but to really learn about it, go online. Justin Ringsak of Pitwatch gave a guided tour of the new site to Butte-Silver Bow commissioners. The new site includes dozens of graphs, charts and diagrams plus more than 200 historical photos of the Berkeley pit and Butte's mining heritage.
"Because we feel it's important that people understand the context of the Berkeley Pit, how we got to where we are today," said Ringsak.
Ringsak says Pitwatch also has an extensive section dedicated to teachers.
"Part of Pitwatch's mission is not just to educate the general public but to also to work with students and teachers to try to correct Berkeley Pit misconceptions," he said.
Ringsak promises the site is not just extensive, but also highly accurate.
"So, any information that goes out has been vetted by not just the EPA, but also the State Department of Environmental Quality, Butte-Silver Bow, citizen members on the commission, Montana Resources, and BP-ARCO," Ringsak said. "So there are a lot of cooks that go into making these articles."