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 Senior Vice President of Development for Western Lithium Corporation, a growing junior mining company in Reno, Nevada. Western Lithium is developing one of the world’s largest known lithium deposits, a hectorite clay located in northern Nevada, to support the new generation of batteries for hybrid/electric vehicles. 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 and Oregon. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Mackay School of Earth Science and Engineering, at the University of Nevada and also serves on the Advisory Board for the College of Engineering at UNR.

Dennis is also involved in the local Nevada community. He 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 and 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.

Fred D. Gibson, Jr.
General Public

Fred Gibson, Jr. served as Chairman of the Commission on Mineral Resources for 32 years, from 1983 through 2015. Originally from Colorado and a resident of the Silver State for 80 years, as a youth Gibson worked with his father in the operation of mines in Clark County. His enthusiasm for mining led him to graduate from the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada in 1951. He began his professional career that same year as an engineer at Titanium Metals Corp., in Henderson, Nevada. Gibson moved to Western Electrochemical Co. (now Kerr-McGee Chemical Co.) in 1953 as assistant to the director of research. Named plant manager of Pacific Engineering and Production Co. of Nevada (now American Pacific Corp.) in 1956, Gibson began a 50 year affiliation with one of Nevada's largest chemical manufacturers. He rose through the ranks at American Pacific until he became chairman, president and chief executive officer in 1966. He retired from the company in 1998. He continued to serve on the Board of Directors until 2013 when he officially retired. Gibson’s leadership in state mineral policy advising six successive Nevada Governor’s and fifteen legislative sessions can be measured in the health of Nevada’s Minerals, Geothermal, and Oil & Gas industries today.
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.
John Mudge
Large-Scale Mining

Mr. Mudge is the Director of Environmental Affairs for Kinross Gold Company. In that role he provides guidance and advice to all Kinross operations, globally. Prior to his joining Kinross, Mr. Mudge worked for Newmont Mining for 31 years, where he worked in both Operations and Environmental and Social Responsibility. Much of his time at Newmont was spent in the North American region based in Nevada, where he was involved in leading the passage of the Nevada Mercury Control Program, permitting of many major mining projects in Nevada including a coal-fired power plant, establishment of the International Cyanide Management Code, and helping secure long term funding for the Mackay School of Mines at the University of Nevada.

John obtained a Bachelors degree in Metallurgical Engineering from University of Idaho in 1979. He also completed an MBA at the University of Nevada in 1994. He has been a member of the Society of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers for over 30 years and actively involved in the Nevada Mining Association since 1993, including two terms as Chairman of the Board. He is a member of the advisory board at the Mackay School of Mines, and was appointed by the Governor to the Commission on Mineral Resources in 2006. He participates with the Industry Advisory Group for the International Cyanide Code, a Group he chaired for over two years. He is a member and former President of the Board for Ronald McDonald House Charities and was formerly on the Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

David Parker
Exploration and Development

Mr. Parker has a long history in the exploration and permitting of mining and geothermal projects in Nevada. In 2015, Mr. Parker retired.  Previously, he worked as the president of Land and Environmental Management LLC, where he has worked for the past 14 years as a contractor to the Bureau of Land Management in permitting large-scale mining, geothermal, water and power corridor projects on Federal lands. Prior to this, Mr. Parker worked for Placer Dome US Exploration, Inc., and held positions in exploration and environmental affairs from 1981 through 1999. He began his career as an exploration geologist for Cominco and Noranda exploration working on the Red Dog and Greens Creeks deposits in Alaska. Mr. Parker holds an M.S. degree in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco, a B.S. in Geology from the University of Idaho and B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Idaho.
John H. Snow
Geothermal Resources

Mr. Snow has 31 years of geothermal, oil and gas exploration, production, and regulatory experience in the US and Canada.   Mr. Snow is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Standard Steam Trust, an upstream Geothermal Development company with operations in Nevada, Idaho and Utah. Mr. Snow was previously Director of Geothermal Development for Enel North America, where he managed geothermal exploration and development.  Mr. Snow works with an interdisciplinary team of geothermal professionals devoted to the development of four geothermal projects located three western states, which have targeted aggregate capacity of 150 MW.  His regulatory experience includes leasing on federal and state lands, correlative rights, spacing orders, hearings, and unitization and pooling agreements.  In 2007 Mr. Snow was appointed by the Governor of Nevada to serve as the State's Geothermal Energy Commissioner for the Commission on Mineral Resources.

Mr. Snow received his BS degree in petroleum engineering from Montana College of Minerals Science and Technology.  He currently serves on the executive board of the Mackay School of Earth Science and Engineering, is a board member of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Development at UNR, is a member of the Nevada Geothermal Council, Geothermal Energy Association, Geothermal Resource Council, Society of Professional Engineers and Nevada Minerals Exploration Coalition.   He served in the past as Nevada's delegate on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.

As a Commissioner, Mr. Snow has advised the Governor and Legislature on geothermal policy, which has helped Nevada achieve the status as the second largest geothermal energy producer in the US.

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.