Praise Closure of Hazardous and Abandoned Mine Openings

Target: John R. Baza, Director of the Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining

Goal: Applaud the closing of numerous dangerous mine openings.

Seventeen mine openings that were deemed hazardous were closed to protect public safety and health. These mine openings were from old uranium and copper mines. The mines contain toxic gases that could be harmful to human health. Luckily, these mines are now closed and the people responsible should be applauded.

The mine closings were part of the Abandoned Mine Reclamation Program, a program run by Utah’s Division of Oil, Gas and Mining. Workers closed the mine openings with rocks, polyurethane foam, and grates to reduce the huge risk of radon levels that still linger in the mines. Some mine openings were simply closed with grates so that local bat colonies could still utilize the space as their habitat.

Located in and around Moab, Utah, these mines intrigued nearby hikers and residents, causing people to venture inside these underground mines. Going into an abandoned mine is very dangerous. The structure could be unstable and toxic gases linger in the air. When a person walks through the air or stagnant water that may be in the mine, hazardous fumes are stirred and released in the air. These fumes could cause dizziness, unconsciousness, or even death. If a person were to walk or climb around in the mine, unstable structures could collapse, causing a cave-in.

By signing this petition, you are thanking the Director of Utah’s Oil, Gas and Mining Division for ensuring the closure of these hazardous mines.


Dear Director Baza,

Due to you and your department’s efforts, local residents will not be harmed by 17 hazardous mine openings. These abandoned uranium and copper mines can be deadly to an individual if one were to venture inside the mine. I want to thank you for closing these toxic mine openings and for considering local bat colonies by only closing some openings with metal grates instead of rocks and polyurethane foam. Residents are safe from the mines’ openings while bats can continue to utilize the mine as a vital habitat.

Mine openings are dangerous due to the possibility of causing a cave-in and the exposure to toxic gases. Radon levels are high within these abandoned uranium mines and exposure to such hazardous fumes could cause dizziness, unconsciousness, and even death. Thank you so much for protecting Utah’s residents and visitors from these dangerous mine openings.


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