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01-25-2005, 10:59 AM
To all interested parties:
It has come to my attention, albeit short timing, that there is going to be a "town" meeting of sorts, hosted by the Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. It is regarding the closing of 143 mines in and around Ophir. This, to me, is a prime example of what we do not want to happen. I would invite you, and anyone you think may be interested, to make your voice heard at this meeting. I will be there representing Gold Rush Expeditions and the Utah Ghost Town and Mining Preservation Group. If any of you would like to car pool into Tooele from the SL valley please shoot me an email and maybe we can arrange something. Otherwise the details are listed below:

Location: Tooele Library , 128 West Vine Street
Date: Jan 26, 2005
Time: 4:00pm to 7:00pm.
Details: They will be talking about the work that they will be doing in the vicinity
of Ophir town closing 143 abandoned mines.

Press Releases About the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program

January 10, 2005 - OPEN HOUSE WILL DETAIL PLANS TO CLOSE OPHIR ABANDONED MINES (http://ogm.utah.gov/amr/press.htm#January10)

January 18, 2005 - PROJECT WILL CLOSE ABANDONED MINES NEAR VERNON (http://ogm.utah.gov/amr/press.htm#January18)



January 10, 2005

Contact: Jim Springer (801) 538-5324



The Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining will hold an open house to present information about a proposal to close abandoned mines in Ophir. The meeting will be held in the Tooele City Library, 128 West Vine Street, on January 26, 2005, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The project calls for closing entry to approximately 143 abandoned mine openings in the vicinity of the Ophir town site. Work is expected to begin in the late summer and early fall of 2005.

�It�s our intention to maintain the historic features of the mining district,� explained Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program Administrator Tony Gallegos. �Mine openings will be closed using a variety of methods such as backfilling, construction of concrete block walls or placement of steel grates.

People are often attracted to explore abandoned mines, but what seems to be a harmless adventure can easily turn to tragedy. Old mines present numerous dangers, Gallegos said. A roof can fall, side walls may collapse, or vertical shafts obscured by debris or darkness may send a person tumbling to their death. Oxygen can be limited and toxic gases may accumulate in unventilated areas that can easily cause the unwary adventurer to black out. There are thousands of abandoned mines scattered throughout the state, noted Gallegos. Our slogan is good advice, Stay Out and Stay Alive!

For more information about the Ophir Abandoned Mine Reclamation project, contact Amber Fortner, project manager, at 801-538-5437.

Many thanks to VCM for bringing this meeting to our attention.
Thank you all for your continued support and interest.

Corey T. Shuman
Gold Rush Expeditions
www.goldrushexpeditions.com (http://www.goldrushexpeditions.com/)
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