The hardrock mining industry owns gold, silver, and other precious metals and minerals beneath an estimated 191,391 acres of U.S. public land in Oregon, 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 Oregon|
Total number of claim-holders: 2,766
Acres of public land claimed by the mining industry, estimated: 191,391 (About the size of Crater Lake 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
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||Glen Teague||Adrian, OR||52||7,596||1991 to 2002|
|2||Marie Teague||Adrian, OR||52||7,596||1991 to 2002|
|3||Linda Gustavson||Grand View, ID||47||7,520||1993 to 2002|
|4||Shawn Connell||unknown||47||7,520||1993 to 2002|
|5||Irene Connell||unknown||47||7,520||1993 to 2002|
|6||April Tyner||unknown||47||7,520||1993 to 2002|
|7||Michael Tyner||unknown||47||7,520||1993 to 2002|
|8||Arva Hunt||unknown||46||7,360||1993 to 2002|
|9||Teague Mineral Prod||Adrian, OR||49||5,966||1973 to 1994|
|10||Newmont Mining Corp||Denver, CO||264||5,454||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.
|County||Number of Claims||Estimated Acreage|
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|Name of Mine||Location of Mine||Mine Status||Metal Mined||Owner or Parent Company of Owner|
|Ken Snyder Mine||Wallowa County, NV||Open||Gold||Normandy Midas Operations, Inc.|
Source: EWG analysis.
Source: EWG analysis of Bureau of Land Management's Land and Mineral Records 2000 (LR2000) data system. For claims, acreages are estimated based on maximum allowable size of claims. For patents, acreages are taken directly from the LR2000 database where available, and are estimated based on maximum allowable size of claim that preceded the patent where acreages are not noted in LR2000. All notices are assumed to be five acres in size, and the size of plans are calculated directly as the size of the land represented by the legal land description in the LR2000 database. The acreages we estimate through these methods would tend to overestimate the actual amount. We welcome corrections here, and would welcome a federal data management system that included the acreages involved in these important federal land transactions.