Back MineQuebec


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BEWARE: the mine site is fenced and access is FORBIDDEN by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et Faune of Québec. Diving is therefore not permitted.

 



On the picture, a large opening has been done into the fence (2004). That section has been refenced and in 2005, it has been reopened (according to informations).

The Back Mine is a remarkable site for its structure according to a geologist. During a visit of the external part of the site, a block of rock detached from the top and crashed into the water.

Built with limited means, this old mine dates back from the early 1900s. The central pillars and the rock cover show numerous fractures due to dynamite blasting and the action of ice and thaw. Geologists are unable to predict when the structure will fall, but it will. Some divers went on the site not knowing they were literally playing Russian roulette.

Although the site is fenced, the part that blocked access to the water inside the mine as been pulled out by a few determined people. The holes made by these posts can still be seen. The presence of a fence near a mine indicates a non secure and dangerous place for the public. Due to the high costs of blasting and filling sites like these, our governments have opted for putting fences, a far more economical solution.


Source: permission Dominique Brodeur, 2004
(cliquer avec le bouton droit pour voir en haute résolution -- right click to see the picture at high resolution)


For those skeptics, I encourage you to look at the picture made my buddy Dominique. If you look closely, you will see fractures over the rock cover and the pillars. All these are the signs that an inevitable collapse of the structure is about to happen. The fractures look like hatching.

For those hard core skeptics (and daredevils), I urge you to contact the Québec’s territory and energy, forestry and mineral resources ministry or Natural Ressources Canada. Please take note that mining exploration is a provincial juridiction matters as specified in the constitution.

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Source: permission Dominique Brodeur, 2004
(cliquer avec le bouton droit pour voir en haute résolution -- right click to see the picture at high resolution)


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The mine is located in the Buckingham area.

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