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Newmont Mining Corp

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Newmont Mining Corp 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. Newmont Mining Corp and its subsidiaries own the minerals under an estimated 335,539 acres of claimed land, have gained title to an estimated 2,128 acres of lands previously owned by the public, and have submitted mining plans and notices that encompass 15,070 acres of BLM-managed land, not including the acreages of mines they may operate on Forest Service land. giving Newmont Mining Corp and its subsidiaries more total land holdings (claims and patents) than over 99.5% of all other mining interests.


1700 Lincoln St.
Denver, CO 80203

Subsidiaries Include

Idarado Mining Co (100%)
The Resurrection Gold Mining Co (100%)
Rosebud Mining Co (100%)
Euro Nevada Mining Corp (100%)
Franco Nev Min Corp Inc (100%)
Hemlo Gold Mns Inc (100%)
Hospah Coal Company (100%)
Midas Joint Venture Inc (100%)
Santa Fe Pacific Gold Corp (100%)
Normandy Midas Ops Inc (100%)
Battle Mountain Gold (72%)

Partners Include

Nerco Inc, Ivanhoe Gold Corp, Cortez Joint Venture, E H Potter, St George Metals Inc, Universal Gas Montana, Great Basin Gold Inc, Round Mtn Gold Corp, High Desert of Nv, Rosebud Mining Co LLC, Dean Webb, Leslie A Wittkopp, Amt (USA) Inc, Gold Ventures Inc, Barium Products & Mining, Dean Stitzel, Exxon, Hillcrest Mining Co, Gexa Gold Corp, Vek Andrus Associates (plus 41 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
Number17,643 23 142
Estimated Acreage347,458 2,183 15,072

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Source: EWG analysis of US BLM data.

Examples of Mines

These mines are owned by Newmont Mining Corp, its subsidiaries, or its parent company.

Name of MineLocation of MineMine StatusMetal MinedMap Link
Deep PostEureka County, NVOpenGoldmap
Twin Creeks Gold MineHumboldt County, NVOpenGoldmap
RainElko County, IDOpenGoldmap
Mesquite Gold MineImperial County, CAOpenGoldmap
Lone Tree Gold Mine-OpenGoldmap
Midas Gold MineElko County, NVOpenGold-
Ken Snyder MineWallowa County, NVOpenGoldmap
Trenton CanyonHumboldt County, NVOpenGoldmap
PhoenixPershing County, NVProposedGoldmap
Mule CanyonLander County, NVClosedGoldmap
Capstone BootstrapElko County, NVClosedGoldmap
Midnite MineStevens County, WAClosedUraniummap
Midas Gold MineElko County, NVOpenGold-

Source: EWG analysis.



Like all U.S. claimholders, Newmont Mining Corp 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. Newmont Mining Corp pays no royalties to the federal government for metals and minerals mined from this land.

For Newmont Mining Corp and its subsidiaries:

Claims by State.

StateNumber of ClaimsEstimated AcreageDate(s)
Nevada 16,726329,6341886 - 2003
Colorado 3617,4351895 - 1978
Oregon 2645,4542003
California 2584,2331931 - 1990
Arizona 347021905 - 1968
U.S. Total 17,643347,4581886 - 2003

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Source: EWG analysis of US BLM data.


Newmont Mining Corp 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, Newmont Mining Corp 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.

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Patents by State.

StateNumber of PatentsEstimated AcreageDate(s)
Nevada 181,9091965 - 2002
Colorado 52741894 - 1897
U.S. Total 232,1831894 - 2002

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Source: EWG analysis of US BLM data.

Mining Plans & Notices on BLM Land

Newmont Mining Corp 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. Newmont Mining Corp 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 Newmont Mining Corp 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.

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Plans and Notices on BLM land by State.

StateNumber of Plans and Notices on BLM landEstimated AcreageDate(s)
Oregon 47,4001988 - 2003
Nevada 1275,8481981 - 2003
California 41,0041993
Washington 16401999
Colorado 11401989
Wyoming 1331994
Arizona 261992
Montana 111991
Utah 111987
U.S. Total 14215,0721981 - 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.