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Mining claims in White Pine County

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The hardrock mining industry owns gold, silver, and other precious metals and minerals beneath an estimated 149,222 acres of U.S. public land in White Pine County, 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 White Pine County

• Total number of claim-holders: 320

• Acres of public land claimed by the mining industry, estimated: 149,222 (14,922 typical city blocks)

• 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: 3

• Percentage of claims held by foreign companies: 58%

• 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 White Pine County 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 Placer Dome Inc World HQ in Canada 3,497 66,000 1974 to 2003
2 BHP Billton World HQ in Australia 1,103 16,273 1900 to 1995
3 Nev Pacific Gold US Elko, NV 498 10,289 1982 to 2000
4 Campbell Family Trust Reno, NV 410 8,471 1978 to 1990
5 Bema Gold Corp World HQ in Canada 177 3,657 1988
6 King H Ives Big Pine, CA 165 3,409 1992
7 Carl Pescio Elko, NV 139 2,825 1995 to 1996
8 White Pine Mins Corp Reno, NV 120 2,479 2000
9 Campbell Family Trust Reno, NV 107 2,211 1986 to 2000
10 Castleworth Ventures Inc Evergreen, CO 101 2,087 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.



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.