Commission on Mineral Resources

Duties of the Commission

Per NRS 513.063, the duties of the Commission are to:

  1. Keep itself informed of and interested in the entire field of legislation and administration charged to the Division.
  2. Report to the Governor, the Mining Oversight and Accountability Commission created by NRS 514A.040 and the Legislature on all matters which it may deem pertinent to the Division, and concerning any specific matters previously requested by the Governor or the Mining Oversight and Accountability Commission.
  3. Advise and make recommendations to the Governor, the Mining Oversight and Accountability Commission and the Legislature concerning the policy of this State relating to minerals.
  4. Formulate the administrative policies of the Division.
  5. Adopt regulations necessary for carrying out the duties of the Commission and the Division.

Members of the Commission

Richard DeLong
Chairman, Large-Scale Mining

Mr. Richard DeLong is President and Principal Scientist of EM Strategies, Inc. He directs EM Strategies' permit preparation, environmental/regulatory audit, and agency liaison services, principally for natural resource development and industrial clients. Mr. DeLong specializes in the assessment of properties to determine permit acquisition strategies and critical path and fatal flaw identification. Mr. DeLong is also an expert in interpreting and implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for precious metal and development projects in the Western U.S. Mr. DeLong is considered an expert on compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Mr. DeLong directs EM Strategies' environmental site assessment services for commercial and industrial real estate property transfers and financial evaluations. He personally conducts both agency research and site investigations to assess and document the potential for hazardous substance contamination and environmental risk.

Currently, Mr. DeLong serves on the Board of Directors for Terraco Gold Corporation, a precious metal exploration company with properties in Nevada and Idaho. Mr. DeLong has served as Commissioner for Large-Scale Mining on the Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources since 2005 and as its chairman since February 2015.

Dennis Bryan
Vice-Chairman, Small-Scale Mining and Prospecting

Dennis Bryan is a consultant in the Industrial Minerals sector of the mining industry, retiring in 2017 from Nevada Lithium Corporation (previously Western Lithium) where he served for nine years as Senior Vice President of Development. The company is developing one of the World’s largest known lithium deposits, a rare hectorite clay located in Northern Nevada. He started his career in the construction materials industry, forming his own geotechnical engineering and materials testing firm in the 1980’s. Subsequent to that he was a consultant and senior management in several engineering firms in Northern Nevada personally specializing in construction materials and other industrial minerals. Dennis serves as Vice Chairman of the Nevada Commission on Mineral Resources, representing the small miner and prospector and the industrial minerals sector of Nevada’s mining industry.

Dennis received a BS in Geological Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines in 1970 and MS degree in Geology from the Mackay School of Mines, University of Nevada, in 1972. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Nevada and Idaho and a Professional Geologist in California. He is a member of the Executive Advisory Board for the Mackay School of Earth Science and Engineering, at the University of Nevada and also serves as Mackay’s liaison to the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at UNR. He has been active throughout his career in the Society of Mining Metallurgical and Exploration (SME), receiving several awards relating to the industrial minerals sector of the industry. He has served on the Board of Directors of SME and recently served as the President of the SME Foundation. Dennis is past President on the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) in Nevada, past board member of Nevada Mining Association and past Ex-Officio Director of the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors.

Dennis is also involved in the local Nevada community. He is currently a Trustee on the UNR Foundation and served for nearly 20 years on the Board of Directors and is a past President of Hot August Nights, the largest special event in Reno which is recognized throughout the country as being the largest event celebrating the cars and music of the 50’s and 60’s. He has also served on the Board of Directors and is past Executive Producer of Sheep Dip, an annual roast of the town in Reno, a stage production satirizing the foibles and exploits of the local community and State of Nevada.

Nigel Bain
Large-Scale Mining

Nigel Bain graduated from the University of Otago in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science, with honors, majoring in Mineral Technology.

Nigel has worked in the US mining industry for over 35 years starting with mine engineering roles and progressing into roles in senior management. He has worked in Nevada for the last 30 years and lived in six Nevada counties. His resume features roles with mining companies ranging from some of the smallest in the industry to some of the world’s largest producers, in commodities ranging from industrial minerals to precious metals.

Looking for challenge he has joined Hycroft Mining Corporation serving as Vice President of Operations for the effort to restart the Hycroft Mine.

He has been repeatedly recognized by a number of regional and national organizations for his leadership in mine safety. But he is proudest of the USA National Mining Association’s Sentinel of Safety award. In addition to once receiving this prestigious award, Nigel has managed a number of different mines similarly nominated. In 2016 he was awarded the International Society of Mine Safety Professional’s Leadership Award for his impact on mine safety.

Over his career, Nigel has helped to develop and implement new initiatives and technologies that have worked to improve safety, productivity, and the working culture with great success. Under his leadership, a number of mines have set enviable safety, production and cost records. He is a firm believer in creating transparent, engaged cultures where safety, environmental and production goals are all met, and where all employees understand the goals of the team and support each other unselfishly.

Nigel is a past Chairman of the Nevada Mining Association and provides support to a number of community outreach and education initiatives in rural Nevada.

Arthur Henderson
Oil and Gas

Mr. Henderson has more than 30 years of management, engineering design and construction experience in the petrochemical, polymer and petroleum industries.  His work has included process design and engineering, construction management and petroleum drilling engineering for some of the world’s largest integrated oil companies.   He began his career as a drilling engineer for Amoco drilling deep gas wells in Western Oklahoma, and now travels internationally consulting for major companies in the design and construction of petrochemical plants.  He holds degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma, and is a registered professional petroleum engineer in both Nevada and Texas.

Mary Korpi
Public at Large

A graduate of Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, with a degree in chemical engineering, Mary Korpi began working for Newmont Mining Corporation in 1976 at Magma Copper Company in San Manuel, Arizona.  She held various positions in the metallurgical services department including shift supervisor, quality control analyst, metallurgist and senior metallurgist of customer relations.  She transferred to Newmont's Nevada operations in 1987 and served in a variety of capacities for Newmont, including Director of Metallurgical Services, Director of Loss Control, Leach and Mill Superintendent, and over the final years of her career, as Director of External Relations and Communications for North America.  Korpi retired from Newmont Mining Corporation in January 2016 after almost four decades in the mining industry and continues her involvement and support of the industry.

Korpi has served in leadership roles on numerous non-profit and community based organizations in Northeastern Nevada such as the Northeastern Nevada Economic Development Authority, Elko Area Chamber of Commerce, and Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital.  She is also a member of several professional organizations where she has held leadership roles including Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration; The Mining and Metallurgical Society of America; AICHE, Nevada Mining Association, Women's Mining Coalition and the American Association of University Women.  Korpi was recognized in 2016 as the Distinguished Nevadan for her profound and lasting impact on the lives of all Nevadans.

Robert Felder
Exploration and Development

Mr. Robert Felder is President and CEO of Renaissance Gold Inc., a junior gold exploration company focused in Nevada.  Bob has worked on the exploration side of the mining industry for over 35 years, beginning in technical positions as an exploration geologist, and progressing into management and leadership roles, for both major and junior companies.  He has been involved in the discovery and resource development of several projects in Nevada which have subsequently become mines, and through that experience has become very well versed in all aspects of mineral exploration and development, from early stage generative exploration to resource and reserve definition.

Bob is active in the Nevada geologic community and currently serves as a Director of the Geological Society of Nevada (GSN) Foundation and as Secretary of the Nevada Chapter of The American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG).

Bob received a B.S. in Geology and Mineralogy in 1979 and an M.S. in Geochemistry and Economic Geology in 1981, both from The Ohio State University, and is a Certified Professional Geologist (CPG) as recognized by AIPG.

John H. Snow
Geothermal Resources

Mr. Snow has been active in the Minerals and Energy Industries for the past 32 years. His experience includes; environmental, exploration, production, and regulatory compliance. He has worked in Nevada since 1988. 

Currently, Mr. Snow is a Principal at McGinley & associates a Nevada Environmental Engineering and Science company. Previously, he was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Standard Steam Trust, which is an upstream renewable energy company with operations in Nevada, Idaho and Utah. Mr. Snow served as Director for Enel North America where he was project manager for all aspects of exploration, environmental and permitting.  Mr. Snow managed an interdisciplinary team of professionals devoted to the development of projects located in Nevada and three western states. 

In 2007, Mr. Snow was appointed by the Governor of Nevada to serve as the State's Geothermal Energy Commissioner for the Commission on Minerals, he was reappointed in 2011and 2015 to the Commission and currently serves on the Commission.

Mr. Snow received his BS Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Montana College of Minerals Science and Technology, Butte, MT.  He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Mackay School of Science, Commissioner on the State of Nevada Minerals Commission, Advisory Board Member for Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Member Geologic Society of Nevada, Nevada Petroleum& Geothermal Socitey and Board Member of the Nevada Builders Alliance.

Bryan Stockton
Deputy Attorney General

Senior Deputy Attorney General Bryan L. Stockton represents the Nevada Division of Minerals. He began the practice of law in 1992. He joined the Office of the Attorney General in 2000, and has represented many State Agencies including the State Industrial Insurance System, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Public Safety, Department of Agriculture, Department of Wildlife, Division of Water Resources, Division of Forestry, and Division of State Parks. Lieutenant Colonel Stockton is also a retired Army Military Intelligence officer whose military career included active Army, National Guard, and Army Reserve duty. His last assignment was as an instructor for the Army’s Command and General Staff Officer School. Mr. Stockton is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing and camping.