I did not know that the owners of the Berkeley Pit had abandoned it. Nor do I know why they did. It might have been due to the costs of cleaning up the pollution and the resultant medical bills that made the company to go bankrupt and not pay be able to pay for the damages it caused. If that is the situation it is most likely because the owners of companies have limited liabilities when things like this happen. It is unfortunate if that is what happened. However, without that limited liability no one would invest in any company. They wouldn't because no one wants their personal wealth taken for terrible events like these. Would you invest in GM if you were to be held personally responsible every time a GM made vehicle was in a car crash?
_________________________ The state can never straighten the crooked timber of humanity. I'm a conservative because I question authority. Conservative Revolutionary