The hardrock mining industry owns gold, silver, and other precious metals and minerals beneath an estimated 2,363 acres of U.S. public land in Missoula 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.
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|Company/Individual||Headquarters||Number of Claims||Acreage Claimed||Date(s) Filed|
|41||Norman Grovdale||Missoula, MT||1||21||2003|
|42||Mona L Meyer||Hot Springs, MT||1||21||1997|
|43||Terran Asbridge||Milltown, MT||1||20||1997|
|44||Dennis G Oloughlin||Bonner, MT||1||20||1994|
|45||Sheena T Leigland||Milltown, MT||1||20||1997|
|46||John Murphy||Huson, MT||1||20||2001|
|47||Montana Mining Assoc||Missoula, MT||1||20||2000|
Some of the claimants in this table may be in partnership with other individuals or companies with a claim to the same land.