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Mining Claim Owners in Oregon

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The hardrock mining industry owns gold, silver, and other precious metals and minerals beneath an estimated 191,391 acres of U.S. public land in Oregon, resources worth millions 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 21-40 of 2,766: (ranked by acres claimed)

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  Company/IndividualHeadquartersNumber of ClaimsAcreage ClaimedDate(s) Filed
21 Richard Q Davis Albuquerque, NM 20 3,200 2002 to 2003
22 United Nuclear Corp Gallup, NM 141 3,184 2003
23 Michael T Dolan Huntington, OR 38 3,125 1974 to 2002
24 Beth Dolan   36 2,960 1979 to 2002
25 Lee Dolan   36 2,960 1979 to 2002
26 Atlas Gold Mining Inc Lakewood, CO 139 2,731 1988 to 1993
27 Stuart M Nelkin Houston, TX 14 2,240 2000
28 David Cotlar Houston, TX 14 2,240 2000
29 Rabbi Shimon Lazaroff Houston, TX 14 2,240 2000
30 Janis Hampton Denver, CO 14 2,240 2000
31 Robert Hampton Denver, CO 14 2,240 2000
32 Rona Goodman Dallas, TX 14 2,240 2000
33 Adam Goodman Dallas, TX 14 2,240 2000
34 Carol Nelkin Houston, TX 14 2,240 2000
35 Yosefa Lebeau Richmond, VA 14 2,240 2000
36 Dov Nelkin Richmond, VA 14 2,240 2000
37 Bonny Cotlar Houston, TX 14 2,240 2000
38 Mel Chin Burnsville, NC 14 2,240 2000
39 Linda M Brotkin Dallas, TX 14 2,240 2000
40 Sarah Nelkin Trust Houston, TX 14 2,240 2000
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