The hardrock mining industry owns gold, silver, and other precious metals and minerals beneath an estimated 311,342 acres of U.S. public land in Nye 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|
|1||John R Wellborn||Amarillo, TX||1||5||1985|
|2||Betty J Tyree||Las Vegas, NV||1||5||1982|
|3||Audrey Bradbury||Pahrump, NV||1||5||1983|
|4||Donald L Kilpatrick||Tonasket, WA||3||15||2003|
|5||Gold Searchers of So Nevada Inc||Las Vegas, NV||1||20||2000|
|6||J R Wellborn||Goldfield, NV||1||20||1996|
|7||Copper Range Company||Sparks, NV||1||21||1985|
|8||Donald G Younger||Ventura, CA||1||21||1973|
|9||John N Johnson||Salt Lake City, UT||1||21||1976|
|10||Adele Wolovnik||San Diego, CA||1||21||1977|
|11||L R As Taylor||East Ely, NV||1||21||1974|
|12||Carolyn Donohue||La Mesa, CA||1||21||1977|
|13||Joseph Saracino||Poway, CA||1||21||1977|
|14||Luther Jenkins||Spring Valley, CA||1||21||1977|
|15||Edna Jenkins||Spring Valley, CA||1||21||1977|
|16||Sally Byram||San Diego, CA||1||21||1977|
|17||Ronald Byram||San Diego, CA||1||21||1977|
|18||Lucille L Johnson||Salt Lake City, UT||1||21||1976|
|19||Robert L Foster||Austin, NV||1||21||1983|
|20||Ed O Barrington||Elko, NV||1||21||1988|
Some of the claimants in this table may be in partnership with other individuals or companies with a claim to the same land.