Shipping Containers Housing Bitcoin Mining Equipment Topple During Colorado Gale
Shipping containers housing bitcoin mining machines topped over amid high winds. Those containers, which are stacked four high, fell amid high winds on Nov. 29 and 30.
“As you may know, a wall of shipping containers came crashing down at Bldg 1625 — 3G Venture II — during the high winds of this past Friday and Saturday, 29 & 30 November, 2019,” wrote Graham Becker in an email to officials with the city, Fire Department and Pikes Peak Regional Building Department. “Fortunately, as far as I know, no one was killed or injured. Very fortunate, indeed.”
According to a local paper, Becker reported the incident to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which filed an informal complaint against 3G, which runs the bitcoin mining operation. Its owner, John Chen, must file a response within five days.
“Approximately 10 employees exposed to ‘struck-by hazards’ in that shipping containers, used to isolate noise, are resting on uneven surfaces, stacked up to 40 feet high, and leaning precariously toward occupied areas, Contrary to Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act of 1970,” reads Becker’s complaint. The city communication office made a statement to Colorado Springs Independent.
“The City of Colorado Springs Planning Department and Code Enforcement divisions have been in communication with the owner of 3G Venture II for the past several months. City employees made the owner aware approximately one month ago that a development plan must be submitted to our Land Use Review division by Wednesday, December 4th. This development plan should address the owner’s intent for noise mitigation, including plans to ensure safety on and around the property. If the city does not receive the development plan by December 4th, Code Enforcement can issue a summons.”
Chen told the paper he had restacked the containers within a day or so. “Everything is back to where it was,” said Chen, who acknowledged he is tired of complaints. “At some point I think it’s becoming — I don’t know how to put it. Everyone is entitled to their thinking, it’s becoming harassment,” he told the paper. “At some point, it’s beyond reasonable.”
Chen says that, after much investment, the bitcoin mining operation complies with the city’s noise ordinance. “I’m doing everything I can to comply with everything. Every little thing they’re calling everyone in the world,” he says. “I think there has to be some reasonableness in the whole thing.”
Chen’s building had complaints filed against it last May and again in July. In August, the city chose not to cite Chen.