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.
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|Company/Individual||Headquarters||Number of Claims||Acreage Claimed||Date(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|
Some of the claimants in this table may be in partnership with other individuals or companies with a claim to the same land.