It’s all too common a story, whether oil and gas wells or mines, the owners run away with the profits and leave the taxpayers to clean up the mess…

Strict environmental regulations and significant bonding requirements are steps in the right direction. More here, from YPR: https://www.ypradio.org/energy/2022-04-05/montana-getting-millions-in-federal-funding-to-clean-up-abandoned-coal-mines