Who is planting antennas and solar panels near Salt Lake City?
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Try to figure this out: It seems someone is installing antenna-equipped oil rigs all over the Salt Lake City foothills. Local government officials are at a loss as to who is responsible or what the rigs are for. They also seem pretty annoyed with having to keep taking the shit down.
“We just don’t know enough at this point to speculate what they are,” says Tyler Fonarow, manager of the city’s recreational trails. told Local news agency KSL-5.
According to Fonarow, the first rigs appeared about a year ago, but half a dozen more have appeared since then, and it’s believed there are more that have yet to be discovered. In pictures shared by officials, the rigs look like strange lighthouses, typically made up of a solar panel, antenna and locked battery box. Oddly, they are left behind in mountainous areas that are difficult to access.
“These towers were screwed into various peaks and ridges around the foothills,” Fonarow told the outlet. “It started with one or two, and now it can be up to a dozen,” he explained. A video shared by the local news outlet shows Fonarow and other officials dismantling one of the rigs that had been abandoned on Twin Peaks, an area along the local Wasatch Range.
Fonarow said the process of dismantling and removing the facility took hours. “Once we get to the Twin Peaks it gets really steep so we were up there. There were five of us, and then we took some kid sleds to bring the gear down to make it a little bit easier for us,” he said.
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Even more intriguingly, in the same interview, Fonarow commented that the bizarre setups “might be cryptocurrency related.” He said:
“It could be related to cryptocurrency and relay networks and being able to make money from it…that’s another reason we want to stop it now before it becomes a dumping ground for dozens and dozens more antennas.”
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Fonarow didn’t elaborate on the crypto angle in his interview, so we reached out to the city’s Trails department for more information. The department’s Community Outreach Manager, Luke Allen, said that the crypto idea actually came from locals chatting on social media.
“When we asked on our social media accounts if anyone in the community had any information about the towers, several commenters theorized that the towers could be set up to mine cryptocurrency,” Allen said in an email. “However, we don’t have the experts on staff to verify this, nor do we want to spend additional staff time to find out exactly what they are for. Our main priority is to remove the items from public property.”
How many of these things has the government uprooted? “Our staff have removed two towers to date, and we are aware of four or five others, some of which are in adjacent jurisdictions,” Allen said. He added that “lugging the gear into these remote areas would have been good practice, but it’s something that someone in good shape could easily have done.” It’s unclear how expensive the gear is be, he said.
Honestly, this one has left us totally stumped, so feel free to say what the heck you think is going on here in the comments section.