The following is a 2005 warning from the State of Utah Division of Natural Resources.There is no doubt that they desire the closure of all abandoned Utah mines. They stress...
Abandoned Mines Are
UNSTABLE UNPREDICTABLE UNSAFE
STAY OUT AND STAY ALIVE!
June 28, 2005
Contact: Jim Springer (801) 538-5324 or (801) 243-9466
ABANDONED MINES POSE HAZARD – STAY OUT! AND STAY ALIVE!
Summer beckons us to the backcountry. Don’t allow your sense of adventure to turn what should be a fun outing into a
tragedy. There are an estimated 20,000 abandoned mines in Utah, and while they appear to offer adventure, they are in
fact filled with danger ready to trap the unwary.
"Abandoned mines are not naturally occurring physical features such as caves, they can be very unstable," explains Mark
Mesch, administrator of the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining’s Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program. " Cave-ins,
toxic air, old explosives, and falls into deep shafts that are difficult to spot in the dark are just some of the hazards you
face when you enter an old mine."
Since 1985 there have been five deaths and numerous injuries in abandoned mines in Utah. "Our program closes
hundreds of abandoned mines each year," added Mesch. "But, we still have a long way to go so we need to warn people
about the dangers of these old mines, and the best thing to do is to just stay out of them."
Additional information is available on the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining website at: http://www.ogm.utah.gov/amr/
Also available from the division is a 27-minute movie titled, "Stay Out! And Stay Alive!" It is offered on both DVD and