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Mining claims in Utah

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The hardrock mining industry owns gold, silver, and other precious metals and minerals beneath an estimated 367,244 acres of U.S. public land in Utah, resources worth millions of dollars a year, acquired for as little as $0.84 per acre and held in perpetuity for a yearly rental fee as low as $0.62 an acre. Under a 132-year-old law originally intended to spur development of the West, an industry dominated by a handful of multinational corporations pays no federal royalties, and leaves behind a landscape of dramatically diminished value, scarred with tunnels, pits, and toxic waste piles.

Quick facts about mining claims in Utah

• Total number of claim-holders: 1,480

• Acres of public land claimed by the mining industry, estimated: 367,244 (3 times Lake Tahoe)

• Dollars paid for each acre: as little as $0.84, and as little as $0.62 yearly rental fee

• Reimbursement to the federal government for gold, silver and other precious metals taken from public land: $0

• Companies owning minerals on at least 10,000 public acres: 32

• Percentage of claims held by foreign companies: 7%

• Land area ever claimed by the mining industry nationally, estimated: 79 million acres (the size of New Mexico)

EWG analysis of data compiled by the Bureau of Land Management.

Top Mining Claim Owners in Utah Ranked by Acres Claimed

Companies have been consolidated to account for subsidiaries. View this table without consolidation.

 Company/IndividualHeadquartersNumber of ClaimsAcreage ClaimedDate(s) Filed
1 Dr Gordon Reynolds Price, UT 300 48,000 1997 to 1999
2 David Driggers Price, UT 248 39,680 1997 to 1998
3 Sarie Guy Price, UT 217 34,720 1998 to 1999
4 Dan Guy Price, UT 217 34,720 1998 to 1999
5 Robert L Crouch Price, UT 217 34,720 1998 to 1999
6 Joan Crouch Price, UT 217 34,720 1998 to 1999
7 William B Wray Park City, UT 211 33,342 1989 to 2003
8 Mike Sanders Milford, UT 210 33,321 2003
9 John A Dotson Milford, UT 185 29,600 2003
10 Katie Dotson Milford, UT 185 29,600 2003
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Some of the claimants in this table may be in partnership with other individuals or companies with a claim to the same land.


Counties in Utah Ranked by Acres Claimed

 CountyNumber of ClaimsEstimated Acreage  
1 Emery County 720 64,605 details map
2 Beaver County 882 59,969 details map
3 Tooele County 1,378 32,449 details map
4 Millard County 815 26,252 details map
5 San Juan County 950 20,825 details map
6 Piute County 765 18,868 details map
7 Washington County 537 17,241 details map
8 Box Elder County 293 16,034 details map
9 Wayne County 321 14,906 details map
10 Salt Lake County 694 14,236 details map
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Examples of Mines in Utah

Name of MineLocation of MineMine StatusMetal MinedOwner or Parent Company of Owner
Barney's Canyon Gold MineSalt Lake County, UTOpenGoldRio Tinto Limited
TrixieJuab County, UTOpenGoldTintic Utah Metals, LLC
Bingham Canyon MineSalt Lake County, UTOpenCopper OreRio Tinto Limited

Source: EWG analysis.