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I read this article and it's pretty interesting. What I am wondering is, how do the antiquities laws affect those who are out there taking this stuff? I am not against it, so don't get me wrong, but many times I have come across old denim pants but never took them due to all the stupid federal laws. What do you think? Basically, these guys are exploring old mine tunnels looking for old denim products. According to the article, those items can bring in some good money. Are these guys putting a target on their backs for the BLM law enforcement who probably have nothing better to do than go after harmless stuff like this? https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-nevada/prospectors-search-for-denim-gold-in-old-nevada-mine-shafts-1557120/
I found some interesting statistics regarding abandoned mine accidents and deaths. Here are some stats to consider: Total deaths from mine accidents from 2001 to 2013: 251 Sounds like a lot, kind of (probably more dangerous to drive to the mines), but then when you start to dig you find out that: 167 of those deaths occurred from drowning while swimming in a quarry. 33 were caused by ATV accidents. That's 200 deaths that I don't think should qualify as abandoned mine accidents, or at least not what I would consider hazards of exploring old mines. The rest, 51 deaths, in 12 years in the ENTIRE UNITED STATES seems like a very small amount of deaths from exploring old mines, yet the BLM is paying something like $40,000 to a contractor to make a mine "safe". From what I have been told, there is no set definition of what is considered "safe", and the contractors get paid the same no matter how close or far from the road the mines are. This means these contractors are closing off safe entrances to tunnels while leaving 200 foot shafts opened 20 yards away. This is exactly what I have been seeing too. What a disgusting waste of our tax dollars! So what can stop this madness? Would it require a lawsuit? Source
I am sure we have all seen the stay out and stay alive signs at the entry of old mines. I have to admit, many times I have wanted to simply ignore them and explore, but common sense always gets the better of me and I usually stay out. Of course if I had the experience and tools to safely explore mines, I would love to explore some old mines. Have you ever entred an old mine? What equipment would you need to "safely" enter an old mine for exploration?