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.

Randy Griffin
Small-Scale Mining and Prospecting
Randy was born and raised in Texas.  Randy received his Bachelors in Business at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.  He has been living and working in Nevada for a mining company for 15 years. Currently, Randy lives in Henderson, NV and is employed by Lhoist North America. He manages sales in Nevada to the mining industry. Currently, he serves on the Nevada Mining Association board and has been a board member since 2006. Previously, Randy was the Sales and Distribution Manager at a chromium chemical manufacturer in Corpus Christi, Texas and was responsible for sales into South America, Central America and Mexico. Randy enjoys playing poker, tennis and watching University of Texas sporting events.
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.

Josh Nordquist
Geothermal Resources

Mr. Nordquist is the US Resource Operations Manager for Ormat Technologies, Inc., a geothermal energy developer and operator in Nevada.  Josh has worked in the geothermal industry for over 11 years, first in business development roles including project development and regulatory and legislative affairs, then progressing to leadership roles in Ormat’s Resource Group.  In his current role, he oversees the operation, development, and optimization of Ormat’s operating geothermal reservoirs in the US and abroad, and active in all aspects of geothermal exploration, development, and operation.

Josh is active in the US geothermal industry, having served as a Vice President for the Geothermal Energy Associations, currently serving as a board member for the Geothermal Resources Council and President of the Nevada Geothermal Council.  He also served on the Nevada New Energy Industry Task Force in 2016-2017.

Mr. Nordquist received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2001 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis, in 2005.

Anthony J. Walsh
Deputy Attorney General