The inherent dangers of ground control and powered haulage should be enough to cause a large amount of caution in any mining activity but the Peruvian miners rescued last week were also breaking the law. Informal mining is a big deal in Peru. The Peruvian Times reports that nearly 30,000 people are involved in the Informal mining industry in Peru. In reality, this is ILLEGAL mining that is going on.
The story of nine miners trapped in a mine in Peru adds to the bad image of the mining industry but these people should not have been there in the first place. The blast that caved in the mine entrance was set by the illegal miners themselves. Where is the regulation of mining in this district? Are the illegal miners receiving fines and prison sentences for breaking the law, or are they still being treated as heroes?