After years of mining in Montana, the Berkeley Pit is now 40 Billion gallons worth of acidic water. The pit once was an open-pit mine for copper; but now, it stands as one of the world’s only places that you pay to see an area devastated by toxic waste. This waste of course is deathly. It has killed hundreds of birds that have landed on it. In addition to the dangerous acid, there are bacteria that have grown to withstand the harsh conditions. These bacteria have even be used in cancer research and have shown to stop the growth of certain cancer.
This acid lake shows what happens when companies are allowed to govern themselves: they use cost effective ways to maximize profits. This mining company dumped waste into this lake for years then abandoned the factory when the waste was too dangerous. Surprisingly, this type of story is more common than most people think.The environment still does not get the attention it deserves and will not until the government makes better regulation. However, the government rarely goes out of its pocket so heavily just for the betterment of the people. Even when it is undoubtedly disliked by the population, it will continue to look out for itself until it is forced to change. It must be massively pressured by the people till it cares for its citizens. Only together can we make the government change. Unfortunately, not enough of the people know of about environmental problems like the one mentioned in this article. So, I take upon myself to pass on the knowledge through whatever way I can.