In our meeting last night we decided to focus on sending healing to the open pit copper mines around Butte, Montana. I suggested it because it is not far from where I grew up and when I last visited in 2017, you still couldn’t drink the water there.
Here are some links regarding the copper mining at Butte, especially the enormous Berkeley Pit.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/berkeley-pit - this has some striking images and some interesting points about new species of bacteria evolving in this environment.
Berkeley Pit - Wikipedia - Specific timelines and details on the Berkeley Pit. Apparently the water treatment plant was only constructed in 2019.
https://pitwatch.org/ - This is an educational site run by a local volunteer committee.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/a-once-powerful-montana-mining-town-warily-awaits-final-cleanup-of-its-toxic-past/2020/02/09/514c4220-4943-11ea-bdbf-1dfb23249293_story.html - This is paywalled but it has a long and detailed description of the history and environmental situation.