Are old mining tailing fare game?

k28drgw

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May 15, 2015
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I go up to Silverton, CO tons and want to use my Goldhog sluice so bad on all the tailings piles I see.... Are they fare game to venture through? I know there are some that are still part of claims but how would one know and I'm so small time that I'm sure a shovel full of ten wouldn't even be noticed. My 6 yr old son is ready to "get the gold!"
 

alloy_II

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alloy_ll I heard of the dangers of this also! Old mining ops weren't exactly safest places even to work..
I suspect if you remove material from tailings the EPA will come knocking at your door.

Send a small 30 gram sample to the address of a lab in Canada and have an ICP assay done, then you'll know to proceed or not.

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Most claimed areas, the owners will tell you NO because of liability reasons plus it is their claim. See if you can find something on Bureau land that isn't claimed. But you can find some claim owners who might, if your small timing it or just find out where you can go where all the other weekend prospectors go.
 
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k28drgw

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I suspect if you remove material from tailings the EPA will come knocking at your door.

Send a small 30 gram sample to the address of a lab in Canada and have an ICP assay done, then you'll know to proceed or not.

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Thanks for the information. I will for sure do more research on claims and areas to look at. For now I'll stick to the streams and natural areas.
 

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