The hardrock mining industry owns gold, silver, and other precious metals and minerals beneath an estimated 41,463 acres of U.S. public land in Kern 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.
Companies have been consolidated to account for subsidiaries. View this table without consolidation.
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|Company/Individual||Headquarters||Number of Claims||Acreage Claimed||Date(s) Filed|
|1||Glamis Gold LTD||World HQ in Canada||185||3,901||1896 to 2003|
|2||Susan Santiago||Las Vegas, NV||17||2,720||2002 to 2003|
|3||Marlene Utz||Webster, NY||11||1,760||2002|
|4||Fredrick Utz||Webster, NY||11||1,760||2002|
|5||John Santiago III||Las Vegas, NV||11||1,760||2002|
|6||Alphonse Santiago||Las Vegas, NV||11||1,760||2002|
|7||John Santiago Sr||Las Vegas, NV||11||1,760||2002|
|8||Kevin Moore||Las Vegas, NV||10||1,600||2002 to 2003|
|9||Mike Moore||Las Vegas, NV||10||1,600||2002 to 2003|
|10||Leilani Moore||Las Vegas, NV||10||1,600||2002 to 2003|
|11||David Moore||Las Vegas, NV||10||1,600||2002 to 2003|
|12||Marcus Moore||Las Vegas, NV||10||1,600||2002 to 2003|
|13||Deborah Utz||Webster, NY||10||1,600||2002|
|14||Joseph M Simon||Simi Valley, CA||10||1,500||1989 to 1994|
|16||Gary Moore||Las Vegas, NV||9||1,440||2002 to 2003|
|17||Golden Queen Mining||Mojave, CA||67||1,322||1934 to 1990|
|18||Lee B Boyle||Simi Valley, CA||8||1,200||1993 to 1994|
|19||Grant S Lyddon||Saratoga, CA||8||1,140||1994|
|20||Pierre M Bourgeix||Santa Monica, CA||7||1,120||1994|
Some of the claimants in this table may be in partnership with other individuals or companies with a claim to the same land.