The hardrock mining industry owns gold, silver, and other precious metals and minerals beneath an estimated 353,499 acres of U.S. public land in Wyoming, 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 Wyoming|
Total number of claim-holders: 1,025
Acres of public land claimed by the mining industry, estimated: 353,499 (30% of Yellowstone National Park)
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: 18
Percentage of claims held by foreign companies: 24%
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.
Companies have been consolidated to account for subsidiaries. View this table without consolidation.
|Company/Individual||Headquarters||Number of Claims||Acreage Claimed||Date(s) Filed|
|1||Cameco Corp||World HQ in Canada||3,150||64,985||1953 to 2002|
|2||Wyo Ben Inc||Billings, MT||744||32,795||1938 to 2003|
|3||AMCOL International Corp||Arlington Heights, IL||1,219||30,500||1928 to 2003|
|4||1st Bk||Billings, MT||546||27,240||1938 to 1983|
|5||Trend Mining Co||Coeur D'alene, ID||804||16,611||1983 to 2000|
|6||Encampment Resources LLC||Jelm, WY||742||15,330||1997 to 2002|
|7||Rio Tinto Limited||World HQ in Australia||988||14,759||1954 to 1995|
|8||Rock Springs Mnrl Prcsg||Powder River, WY||367||14,720||2001 to 2003|
|9||R Anthony Vincent||Coral Springs, FL||66||10,560||2001|
|10||Dinah Vincent||Coral Springs, FL||66||10,560||2001|
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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.
|County||Number of Claims||Estimated Acreage|
|1||Big Horn County||2,302||67,071||details||map|
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|Name of Mine||Location of Mine||Mine Status||Metal Mined||Owner or Parent Company of Owner|
|Smith Ranch - Highland||Converse County, WY||Open||Uranium||Power Resouces Inc.|
Source: EWG analysis.