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Mining Claim Owners in The United States

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The hardrock mining industry owns gold, silver, and other precious metals and minerals beneath an estimated 5.6 million acres of U.S. public land, resources worth billions 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.

Mining Claim Owners 1-20 of 28,408: (ranked by acres claimed)

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

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  Company/IndividualHeadquartersNumber of ClaimsAcreage ClaimedDate(s) Filed
1 Newmont Mining Corp Denver, CO 17,643 347,458 1886 to 2003
2 Placer Dome Inc World HQ in Canada 13,766 268,758 1886 to 2003
3 Rio Tinto Limited World HQ in Australia 10,097 191,928 1886 to 2003
4 Barrick Gold Corporation World HQ in Canada 5,768 125,956 1905 to 2003
5 Phelps Dodge Mining Co Phoenix, AZ 7,105 124,297 1906 to 2000
6 Kinross World HQ in Canada 4,306 98,853 1905 to 2003
7 Cameco Corp World HQ in Canada 3,209 66,204 1953 to 2002
8 ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico World HQ in Mexico 3,187 61,801 1890 to 2003
9 Dr Gordon Reynolds Price, UT 300 48,000 1997 to 1999
10 Carl Pescio Elko, NV 2,277 46,996 1994 to 2003
11 Anglo American Mining World HQ in UK 2,131 44,026 1951 to 2003
12 Seabridge Gold Corp World HQ in Canada 2,125 43,903 1956 to 2003
13 Meridian Gold Company Reno, NV 2,181 42,483 1936 to 2000
14 AMCOL International Corp Arlington Heights, IL 1,535 41,050 1920 to 2003
15 Western States Minerals Corp Wheat Ridge, CO 1,976 40,939 1917 to 2003
16 BHP Billton World HQ in Australia 2,287 40,213 1900 to 2002
17 David Driggers Price, UT 248 39,680 1997 to 1998
18 Noranda Expl Inc World HQ in Canada 1,990 39,307 1913 to 2000
19 Becki M Vincent Las Vegas, NV 244 39,040 1993 to 2000
20 Stephanie Johns Richmond, VA 243 38,880 1999 to 2000
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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.

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