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Pending Patents on U.S. public land

Congress has imposed a moratorium on new mining patents since October 1, 1994. But the federal government continues to consider and grant applications that were pending as of that date. There are currently 55 patent applications pending and being processed by the federal government encompassing 34,000 acres of public property that will be converted to private ownership when the applications are approved, for a price capped at $5 per acre in 1872.

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Pending Patents
Location Owner(s) Patent Type Acreage
Gila County, Arizona (map) Sharleen Thorne
Bill Thorne
Ann Thorne
Clay Thorne
Placer 2,350
Gila County, Arizona (map) Sharleen Thorne
Bill Thorne
Ann Thorne
Clay Thorne
Millsite 15
Gila County, Arizona (map) Sharleen Thorne
Bill Thorne
Ann Thorne
Clay Thorne
Placer 1,080
Graham County, Arizona (map) William W Sorsen
Loraine Sorsen
Michael T Maryott
Hearold Elmer
Charleen C Elmer
Tillie Carpenter
Harold Carpenter
Gillian H Geller
Laura Cantrell Kline
Nancy Marie Maryott
Sean Ceff Maryott
Lode 246
Mohave County, Arizona (map) Onanon Inc
Lode 60
Pinal County, Arizona (map) ASARCO, a subsidiary of Grupo Mexico
Millsite 388
Pinal County, Arizona (map) Guzman Constr
Lode 133
Yavapai County, Arizona (map) Superior Co
Placer 331
Imperial County, California (map) US Gypsum Co
Placer 372
Inyo County, California (map) Floridin Company
Southern Clay Products
Placer 226
Plumas County, California (map) Lee L Crowe
Placer 88
San Bernardino County, California (map) Robert J Collins
Jesse R Collins
Placer 120
San Diego County, California (map) Toni B Jacobs
Arthur A Jacobs
Lode 21
Siskiyou County, California (map) Maureen E Galitz
Steven E Fawl
Marion L Fawl
Ken Mcmaster
Placer 20
Ventura County, California (map) Lightweight Process
Placer 420
Ventura County, California (map) Lightweight Process
Placer 40
Gunnison County, Colorado (map) Buttes Resources Co
Placer 157
Gunnison County, Colorado (map) Buttes Resources Co
Placer 92
Gunnison County, Colorado (map) Phelps Dodge Mining Co
Lode 175
Gunnison County, Colorado (map) Buttes Resources Co
Placer 320
Custer County, Idaho (map) Greyhound Mine & Mill
Lode 15
Custer County, Idaho (map) Greyhound Mine & Mill
Millsite 40
Idaho County, Idaho (map) David Doremus
Lode 21
Mineral County, Montana (map) Kenneth A Miller
Marilyn K Miller
Placer 20
Pershing County, Nevada (map) Vanderbilt Minerals
Placer 180
Dona Ana County, New Mexico (map) Ribble Properties
Bobby N Mayfield
Mary Ann Mayfield
Dorothy Ribble
Norman C Ribble
Placer 40
Sandoval County, New Mexico (map) American Centex
Placer 60
Sandoval County, New Mexico (map) American Centex
Placer 120
San Miguel County, New Mexico (map) Albert G Lopez
Placer 105
Valencia County, New Mexico (map) David W Lardner
Lois M Lardner
Scott C Lardner
Timothy J Lardner
Vincent J Lardner
Placer 320
Baker County, Oregon (map) Beverly J Chadwick
Lyle C Chadwick
Placer 20
Josephine County, Oregon (map) David A Prow
Donna Prow
Marilyn Prow
Stanley Prow
Placer 67
Box Elder County, Utah (map) Connie J Fuller
Glen E Fuller
Placer 75
Uintah County, Utah (map) Crippled Horse Invst
Placer 4,614
Uintah County, Utah (map) Crippled Horse Invst
Placer 80
Uintah County, Utah (map) Crippled Horse Invst
Placer 160
Uintah County, Utah (map) Crippled Horse Invst
Placer 320
Uintah County, Utah (map) Crippled Horse Invst
Placer 2,560
Uintah County, Utah (map) Crippled Horse Invst
Placer 4,981
Uintah County, Utah (map) Crippled Horse Invst
Placer 10,177
Uintah County, Utah (map) Crippled Horse Invst
Placer 320
Uintah County, Utah (map) Crippled Horse Invst
Placer 160
King County, Washington (map) Joe B Cashman
Millsite 10
Okanogan County, Washington (map) Kinross
Lode 175
Big Horn County, Wyoming (map) AMCOL International Corp
Placer 103
Big Horn County, Wyoming (map) AMCOL International Corp
Placer 60
Big Horn County, Wyoming (map) AMCOL International Corp
Placer 40
Big Horn County, Wyoming (map) AMCOL International Corp
Placer 80
Big Horn County, Wyoming (map) AMCOL International Corp
Placer 20
Big Horn County, Wyoming (map) AMCOL International Corp
Placer 82
Big Horn County, Wyoming (map) AMCOL International Corp
Placer 140
Crook County, Wyoming (map) J D Schlosser
Jim C Schlosser
Beverly L Schlosser
Placer 120
Crook County, Wyoming (map) J D Schlosser
Jim C Schlosser
Beverly L Schlosser
Placer 120
Crook County, Wyoming (map) J D Schlosser
Placer 1,121
Crook County, Wyoming (map) J D Schlosser
Placer 760

EWG analysis of data compiled by the Bureau of Land Management.

Pending Patents by State
State Number
of active
patents
Acreage
of active
patents
Arizona84,602
California81,307
Colorado4744
Idaho375
Montana120
Nevada1180
New Mexico5645
Oregon287
Utah1023,447
Washington2185
Wyoming112,645
U.S. Total5533,938

EWG analysis of data compiled by the Bureau of Land Management.