On August 16, 2013, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) published in the Federal Register (78 FR 49945), the final rule updating the fees it charges to recover costs incurred in processing documents associated with oil, gas, coal, solid minerals (other than coal and oil shale), mining law administration, and oil shale activities on public land. The updated fees cover costs for actions, including (but not limited to) filing of new mining claims, patent applications, lease applications, name changes, corporate mergers, lease consolidations, and reinstatements. The new fees will go into effect October 1, 2013.
The Nevada BLM Minerals Program (A Power Point presentation copy.)
In 2011, the top four gold producing countries in the world were #1 China, #2 Australia, #3 USA, and #4 South Africa. Gold produced in Nevada accounts for more than seventy-five percent of the total gold produced in the United States and approximately 6.8 percent of the gold produced in the world. Nevada's gold production by itself would make it the sixth largest producer of gold in the world. The Nevada State Office records 49 percent of all the mining claims filed on public lands in the United States.
The Oil & Gas Program manages 1,927 federal oil and gas leases encompassing 3,847,096 acres. In fiscal year 2012, quarterly oil and gas lease sales offered 303 parcels totaling 528,122 acres. As a result of these sales, 163 competitive and 19 noncompetitive oil and gas leases were issued totaling 353,660 acres.
The Geothermal Energy Program manages 511 federal geothermal leases encompassing 1,045,079 acres in Nevada. In fiscal year 2012, a geothermal lease sale offered 33 parcels totaling 94,829 acres. As a result of the sale, eight competitive and two noncompetitive geothermal leases were issued totaling 32,754 acres. There are fourteen geothermal power plants with federal interest in Nevada with a production capacity of 383 Megawatts.
Nevada has the largest mineral materials program in the Bureau in terms of volume and value of mineral materials disposed. The mineral materials most commonly sold are sand and gravel, building stone and rip rap.
It is the responsibility of the Hazardous Materials program to effectively manage, mitigate and minimize the impacts of releases of hazardous substances on public lands.
"Stay Out, Stay Alive." Hot Springs are hazardous. Watch the video in YouTube.
The Nevada State Office maintains mining reclamation bonds in the amount of 2.06 billion dollars. In addition, the state office is responsible for oil and gas and geothermal bonding related to drilling on its leases.
With its extensive history in gold and silver mining, Nevada leads the west in abandoned mine lands (AML) challenges requiring remediation.