03/12/2008 - Mining claims for copper, uranium and other metals are being staked near growing towns and cities across the West at an accelerating rate, according to a new report that casts the trend against the industry's legacy of environmental pollution.
The Pew Campaign for Responsible Mining and the Environmental Working Group said in a report released Tuesday that active mining claims on federal land near Western cities and towns increased almost 50 percent since 2003, to more than 50,000 claims.
The claims range from stakes for gold in California and copper in Arizona to uranium in Wyoming and platinum in Montana.
Read the full article Claim-bumper: Stakes Close to Towns on Rise on the Denver Post's Web site.
Read the report, The New West: Mine Claims Crowd Booming Cities.