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Barrick Gold Corporation

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Barrick Gold Corporation 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. Barrick Gold Corporation and its subsidiaries own the minerals under an estimated 125,956 acres of claimed land, have gained title to an estimated 4,537 acres of lands previously owned by the public, and have submitted mining plans and notices that encompass 11,635 acres of BLM-managed land, not including the acreages of mines they may operate on Forest Service land. giving Barrick Gold Corporation and its subsidiaries more total land holdings (claims and patents) than over 99.5% of all other mining interests.

World Headquarters

BCE Place, Canada Trust Tower
Toronto, Ontario,

Subsidiaries Include

Homestake Mining Company (100%)
Bargold Corp (100%)
The Bullfrog Mine (100%)
Lac Minerals (USA) LLC (100%)
Pinson Mining Co (100%)
Nevada Star Res Corp (50%)
Round Mtn Gold Corp (50%)

Partners Include

Kennecott Corp, NL Baroid/ NL Indrustries Inc, Tom P Costas, Homestake Mining Company, Cordex Expl Co, Eastern Utah Mining Co, Carrol L Howell, East Utah Mining Co, Meridian Gold Company, Russell Cashin, Barr Smedley, Myrtle N Colthorn, Galli Expl Assoc, Alloyed Associates, Bond Gold Corp, Thomas Bilbao, Franco Nev Min Corp Inc, General Mineral Dev, Phillip A Davis, Dee Gold Mining Co (plus 2 others)

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
Number5,768 34 46
Estimated Acreage125,956 4,537 11,635

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Source: EWG analysis of US BLM data.

Examples of Mines

These mines are owned by Barrick Gold Corporation, its subsidiaries, or its parent company.

Name of MineLocation of MineMine StatusMetal MinedMap Link
Betze-post (Goldstrike) MineEureka County, NVOpenGoldmap
Meikle (Goldstrike, Purple Vein ) Gold MineEureka County, NVOpenGoldmap
PinsonHumboldt County, NVSuspendedGoldmap
Homestake Gold MineLawrence County, SDClosedGoldmap
Ruby Hill Gold MineEureka County, NVClosedGoldmap
Mclaughlin Gold MineLake County, CAClosedGoldmap
Round Mountain Gold MineNye County, NVOpenGoldmap
Richmond Hill MineLawrence County, SDClosedGold-

Source: EWG analysis.



Like all U.S. claimholders, Barrick Gold Corporation 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. Barrick Gold Corporation pays no royalties to the federal government for metals and minerals mined from this land.

For Barrick Gold Corporation and its subsidiaries:

Claims by State.

StateNumber of ClaimsEstimated AcreageDate(s)
Nevada 5,205114,5591905 - 2003
Utah 3827,7511953 - 2002
Colorado 1332,7481952 - 1995
South Dakota 357231983 - 2003
California 131751967 - 1984
U.S. Total 5,768125,9561905 - 2003

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Source: EWG analysis of US BLM data.


Barrick Gold Corporation 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, Barrick Gold Corporation 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 Barrick Gold Corporation and its subsidiaries:

Patents by State.

StateNumber of PatentsEstimated AcreageDate(s)
Nevada 142,6541908 - 2000
California 26731992
Colorado 54871978 - 1984
Utah 63001880 - 1906
New Mexico 21001911 - 1912
South Dakota 21001894 - 1908
Oregon 1891904
Idaho 1841923
Montana 1501892
U.S. Total 344,5371880 - 2000

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Source: EWG analysis of US BLM data.

Mining Plans & Notices on BLM Land

Barrick Gold Corporation 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. Barrick Gold Corporation 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 Barrick Gold Corporation 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 Barrick Gold Corporation and its subsidiaries:

Plans and Notices on BLM land by State.

StateNumber of Plans and Notices on BLM landEstimated AcreageDate(s)
California 39,0011983 - 1991
Nevada 422,6191982 - 2003
Utah 1142002
U.S. Total 4611,6351977 - 2003

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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.