• Mining Law--Approval of a Patent--A Command Performance. Barrick Goldstrike Mines, Inc. v. Babbit, CV-N-93-550 (DC Nevada, Jan. 18, 1994)
  • September 24, 2010
  • Law Firm: Hathaway Kunz P.C. - Cheyenne Office
  • Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt called it “the biggest gold heist since the days of Butch Cassidy.” On May 16, 1994 Secretary Babbitt reluctantly accepted approximately $9,765 from Canadian-based American Barrick Resources Corp. for over 1,800 acres of federal land. This transaction signified the beginning of yet another push to reform the Mining Law of 1872. This article deals with the issuance of patents and the tehn current state of mining law.