Laramie, WY – The Bureau of Land Management is stepping up efforts to deal with safety problems at abandoned mine sites across the West.
BLM director Bob Abbey announced the plan late last week. He said the agency is concerned about a growing number of accidents and hazards due to old mining efforts on public lands.
The Casper Star-Tribune reports that a BLM inventory has identified 1,047 sites in Wyoming that may contain hazards.
Under the new initiative, the BLM will notify the owners of such sites 30 days before beginning mitigation or closure.
BLM spokesman Kevin Flynn said owners of active mining claims on federal land were notified of the initiative in September.