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ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico

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ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico and its subsidiaries are a few of 92,125 beneficiaries of a 131-year-old federal mining law that gives away precious metals, minerals, and even the title to the land itself for less than $10 an acre. ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico and its subsidiaries own the minerals under an estimated 61,801 acres of claimed land, have gained title to an estimated 2,406 acres of lands previously owned by the public, and have submitted mining plans and notices that encompass 655 acres of BLM-managed land, not including the acreages of mines they may operate on Forest Service land. giving ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico and its subsidiaries more total land holdings (claims and patents) than over 99.5% of all other mining interests.

World Headquarters

Grupo Mexico S.A. de C.V.
Colonia Roma Sur,
MEXICO

Subsidiaries Include

Silver Bell Mining Co (75%)

Partners Include

Carroll JL Mineral, Western Epithermal, J L Merrick, Rocky Mtn Mining & Expl, Aldin Ratzlaff, Contl Copper, Inspiration Consolidated Copper Co, Kennecott Corp, James Thomas

Information on subsidiaries and parent companies shown here represents our best estimate of corporate structure at the time of this website release, and are drawn from various publicly available sources. Please report any noted omissions and errors to EWG with a credible source or citation. Thank you.

Overview of Ownership

Statistics on this page include the ownership of subsidiaries. View this page without subsidiary information included.

 ClaimsPatentsMining Plans & Notices
Number3,187 10 11
Estimated Acreage61,801 2,406 655
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Source: EWG analysis of US BLM data.

Examples of Mines

These mines are owned by ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico, its subsidiaries, or its parent company.

Name of MineLocation of MineMine StatusMetal MinedMap Link
Ray Copper MinePinal County, AZOpenCopper Oremap
Mission ComplexPima County, AZOpenCopper Oremap
Silver Bell Copper (SW-EX)Pima County, AZOpenCopper Oremap
Continental Copper MineSilver Bow County, MTOpenCopper Oremap
Troy MineLincoln County, MTClosedCopper Ore-

Source: EWG analysis.

 

Claims

Like all U.S. claimholders, ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico and its subsidiaries acquired ownership of precious metals and minerals on U.S. public land for about $2 per acre, and maintains possession of the claim with a small per-acre fee, typically $5 each year. ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico pays no royalties to the federal government for metals and minerals mined from this land.

For ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico and its subsidiaries:

Claims by State.

StateNumber of ClaimsEstimated AcreageDate(s)
Arizona 2,78453,5061898 - 2003
Montana 3467,1171890 - 1998
Idaho 367441926 - 1969
Nevada 214341983 - 1984
U.S. Total 3,18761,8011890 - 2003

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Source: EWG analysis of US BLM data.


Patents

ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico and its subsidiaries are some of the 63,768 beneficiaries of a long-standing federal subsidy called "patenting" that allows mining interests to purchase public land for no more than $5 an acre. Since acquiring title to the land, ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico may have mined it, sold it, leased it, or passed it on to heirs or other corporate interests. Regardless of who owns the property now, the U.S. public has lost all rights- metals, minerals, and title - on land that was once public park or forest.

For ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico and its subsidiaries:

Patents by State.

StateNumber of PatentsEstimated AcreageDate(s)
Montana 11,8091989
Arizona 43471995
Utah 52501900 - 1905
U.S. Total 102,4061900 - 1995

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Source: EWG analysis of US BLM data.


Mining Plans & Notices on BLM Land

ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico and its subsidiaries are some of the 3,323 mine operators on U.S. BLM lands with mining plans and notices listed as currently active in government records, operating under laws that allow mining interests to extract and sell precious metals and minerals previously held by the public. ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico may also operate mines on Forest Service lands, which are not contained in the LR2000 database that is the backbone of this website. Because the government often fails to promptly close out records for mines no longer active, active mining may be completed for some of the operations represented by plans and notices in this website. But regardless of the status of mining operations on a particular site, filings of plans and notices are indicative of mining on the property - whether past, present, or planned. Mining operations led by ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico may well have left behind permanent pollution. In 2001 mines generated 45 percent of all pollution in EPA's Toxic Release Reporting system while accounting for just 0.36 percent of all industrial facilities.

For ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico and its subsidiaries:

Plans and Notices on BLM land by State.

StateNumber of Plans and Notices on BLM landEstimated AcreageDate(s)
Arizona 76541989 - 1999
Oregon 111988
Nevada 301986 - 1994
U.S. Total 116551986 - 1999

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Source: EWG analysis of US BLM data.



Source: EWG analysis of Bureau of Land Management's Land and Mineral Records 2000 (LR2000) data system. For claims, acreages are estimated based on maximum allowable size of claims. For patents, acreages are taken directly from the LR2000 database where available, and are estimated based on maximum allowable size of claim that preceded the patent where acreages are not noted in LR2000. All notices are assumed to be five acres in size, and the size of plans are calculated directly as the size of the land represented by the legal land description in the LR2000 database. The acreages we estimate through these methods would tend to overestimate the actual amount. We welcome corrections here, and would welcome a federal data management system that included the acreages involved in these important federal land transactions.