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The Gold Rush
Stunt That
Landed Tony
Beets In Legal
Trouble
By MIKE BEDARD
“Gold Rush” is a Discovery series that follows the exploits of gold miners, one of whom is Tony Beets, a crew leader in the Yukon. Mining is arduous work that requires professionalism and attentiveness, and slip-ups can have serious consequences — something that Beets learned the hard way.
In one episode, Beets and his crew can be seen pouring gasoline into a nearby dredge pond and then lighting it, creating a blaze. According to court filings, Beets and his team were in direct violation of the Yukon Waters Act for dumping the gasoline and failing to report it.
Ultimately, Beets' company and the man responsible for pouring the gas, Mark Favron, were fined $31,000 and $1,725, respectively. Beets would later say, "Since I am the man running the show, I guess I should have been a little bit more and told him not to do it [...] However, I didn't do that, so here you are in court, so take the fine. Next time, don't go there. It's kind of a joke gone bad, right?"