Foothill Gold Mining Claims Double

March 21, 2008 12:41:21 PM PDT
The high price of gold may have something to do with the increase in mining claims near Yosemite.Mining claims near the national park have doubled in the past five years.

Environmentalists worried about toxic clean-up met with democratic assemblywoman Lois Wolk.

They estimate it would cost $50-billion dollars to clean up all abandoned mines in the dozen western United States with mining operations.