Feds Order Closure of Idaho Mine
February 2012 by Nicholas K. GeraniosFederal safety inspectors have ordered one of the nation’s deepest underground mines closed in northern Idaho following an investigation prompted by a series of accidents that killed two miners over the last year.
Thomas Tierney has been a long-time subscriber to ICMJ’s Prospecting and Mining Journal and has read about the many battles between miners and overzealous regulators. Then he faced his own battle.
Because the old timers were so good at locating the better paying deposits—most of them along clay seams in this particular area—it makes good sense to try and locate these clay lines at old mining sites.
For now, MSHA is just collecting information. However, the information it collects will shape what comes next.
BLM stated we had 30 days to amend our claim so that it fit within one 40-acre square or we would forfeit the claim.
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