Solving abandoned mine mysteries - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Solving abandoned mine mysteries

Posted: Updated:

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- In Hollywood, abandoned mines create adventure worthy of Indiana Jones: Heroes escape them just before towering explosions, treasures are buried deep in their dark caverns and villains are trapped beneath their crumbling walls.

The pull to explore a real-life version can be powerful, especially for young thrill-seekers.

Steve Dungan's job is to bring those people back to reality.

The fact is, deteriorating coalfields often produce dangerous landslides and water-filled pits and leave behind gaping mineshafts, unsound equipment and unsafe buildings.

As one of two appraisers with the state's Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, the 58-year-old Dungan provides the person-to-person link in the division's mission to repurpose the unused lands while protecting the public from health and safety hazards.

Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WDRB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.