GAO en Mining Claims Come Cheap <p>Monday is the deadline for people who own a few mining claims on public land to make sure the government knows they want to keep them. &nbsp;The paperwork is minimal and the $140 fee for maintaining a claim can even be waived.</p><p>Under a federal law that dates back to 1872, the rules for mining claims aren't that different for the lone prospector and the huge companies that extract millions of dollars' worth of minerals from public land. &nbsp;That bothers Tim Wagner with the Sierra Club, who says big corporations pay almost nothing for the minerals they extract.</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 22:14:23 +0000 Dan Bammes 23008 at Mining Claims Come Cheap