We had the good fortune of connecting with Mikey Sanchez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mikey, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Freedom, without hindrance or restraint, became the idea that formed “Fault Line Mining”. We have created a company that myself (Mikey Sanchez) and Sean Sibert could shape into a legacy. We are family and community-driven and wanted a career in that we could do something we love and that is not the average or “normal” thing.
At Fault Line Mining we do our own mining operations but we see and understand the needs of all mining enthusiasts, whether they be everyday hobbyists or small-scale commercial miners seeking to chase their American Dream. We supply the average prospector with everything they need to succeed in the field, equipment, family activities, knowledge & experience, paydirt to refine their skills, even properties for purchase.
We are in the works of acquiring our own gem shop to offer panning classes and other in-person educational services as well as sell some of the beautiful mineral specimens we encounter in the field. Another way we help individuals chase their American Dream is by offering location and assay services, using our expertise and experience to find the minerals you are searching for, and ensuring the claim is 100% legal in the eyes of governing agencies.
We also wanted to be part of the community, educate why and what we use the minerals we mine, and why it’s so important to keep mining continuing to create local economies and communities and live that American Dream.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The thing that I feel really sets us apart from other mining companies is our desire to help and educate other miners, prospectors, and anyone willing to venture into the realm of searching for these mineral deposits. We embrace and recognize the rich mining history of the Western United States. Fault Line Mining also stands firmly behind our rights as citizens of the United States to locate, develop, and extract precious minerals. This is a core belief of our company, to control our own destiny through hard work and research.
In this business between ignorance and over-regulation, nothing is easy. Mining practices of the past have left their mark on the land leaving future endeavors, done with smarter and more environmentally safe practices, to be cast with the same shameful light of the old-timers. While there is no debate that the gold rush of the 1800s have caused irreparable damage to its surroundings, there are smarter ways to mine and extract these minerals. But the ignorance of legislators to hear out the average miner’s plea to take part in our western heritage and right is the biggest challenge in this industry.
It is no secret that the future of the world’s energy needs is shifting towards green. However, what seems to escape the minds of those seeking clean renewable energy, is the need for these precious metals and minerals to be mined from the ground. Lithium is a key component of powering these electric vehicles and it must be mined. Lithium and other metals such as gold, copper, and silver are conductors that are critical to the electronic function of electric vehicles and an evergrowing and endless list of other electronics we utilize every day.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Firstly, I’d like to thank Andrew and Juanita Sibert for believing in our American Dream. For being our support system when things have gone wrong or a mineral prospect doesn’t work out. They’ve never told us to quit, they share our belief in picking through the wall, and eventually, finding our “bonanza”.
I’d really like to thank Dave Turin and his crew for meeting with us in Idaho City, on May of 2021. Speaking with the crew and getting to pick the minds of individuals who have been in this business has provided us with invaluable information. I am forever grateful to Casey Morgan for being willing and available to answer some of the commercial and other mining-related questions we have had during our beginning stages. It’s interactions like these that have inspired us to share as much knowledge and experience we can with the mining community.
Last but certainly not least, I’d like to thank our friend and Co-C.E.O Justin Chase. Without Justin’s experience and patience, none of this would be a reality today. When it comes to the machinery and how these machines operate his knowledge has been invaluable and it is an integral part of our success.