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Mexico’s Energy Reforms and Dispute Resolution System

In 2013, Mexico’s President submitted an initiative to Congress to modify the Mexican Constitution to allow private parties to perform exploration and production activities in Mexico. The initiative also included...more

Caveat Optionor: Canadian Court Strikes a Blow for Mineral Exploration Companies

A recent judgment from the British Columbia Court of Appeal provides insight on the interpretation of exploration option agreements. This decision is part of protracted litigation between the parties, American Creek Resources...more

Guide To Doing Business in Australia: Minerals Exploration & Mining (Updated)

MINERALS EXPLORATION AND MINING: Minerals exploration and mining is a very important industry in Australia. Australia has significant reserves of minerals including iron ore, coal, gas, uranium, nickel, gold and rare...more

Canada's Resource Revenue Transparency Rules Now in Force

Canada's new Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act was proclaimed in force today, in keeping with the federal Government's committed timeline. The Act imposes mandatory reporting requirements for each entity engaged in...more

Shining a Light on Payments to Governments: The Current State of “Publish What You Pay” Rulemaking Around the World

Over the last few years, a number of key jurisdictions have adopted regulations requiring companies engaged in natural resource extraction activities to disclose the payments they make to governments and state-owned...more

New MLP Rules Provide Bright Lines and New Challenges

On May 5, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released proposed regulations that, if finalized, would provide guidance on qualifying income from minerals and natural resources activities for master limited partnerships...more

News Alert: "Treasury Department Issues MLP Proposed Regulations on Qualifying Income"

On Wednesday (May 6th, 2015), the Treasury Department published proposed regulations under Section 7704(d)(1)(E) of the Internal Revenue Code that define qualifying activities of publicly-traded partnerships with respect to...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Proposed Regulations Issued on MLP Qualifying Income

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued proposed regulations addressing master limited partnership (MLP) qualifying income under Section 7704(d)(1)(E) of the Internal Revenue Code. This Locke Lord QuickStudy...more

New Rules on MLPs & Qualifying Income: What Oil Services and Exploration Companies Need to Know

On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) released proposed regulations defining qualifying income for Master Limited Partnerships (“MLPs”). MLPs are publicly traded partnerships that are taxed as a...more

Environmental Indemnities

It is not often that one discovers that a senior housing facility was once an oil exploration complex or the site of a former dry cleaner but it does happen, and while your company may get comfortable with the acquisition and...more

Duty to Consult Not Triggered for Exploration Dispositions: Saskatchewan Court of Appeal

The grant of exploration dispositions for oil sands located beneath treaty lands did not trigger the Crown’s duty to consult, the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal held recently in Buffalo River Dene Nation v Ministry of Energy...more

Recent U.S. Tax Developments Affecting Publicly Traded Partnerships

Partnerships targeted to widespread investors are a popular investment vehicle and a significant source of funding for oil and gas projects. However, their use is affected by the publicly traded partnership (“PTP”) tax rules....more

China to Increase Shale Gas Production

China plans to increase its shale gas production from 1.3 billion cubic meters of shale gas per year to 30 billion cubic meters per year by 2020, according to Chen Weidong of China National Offshore Oil Corp. This goal is...more

Explore: Insights from the DLA Piper Mining Sector (Global)

In This Issue: - Editorial - About our mining sector - Mirabela Nickel restructuring – An Australian first - EU import duties and the mining supply chain - Indonesia – An update on the ore and minerals...more

Some Welcomed Recognition for Exploration Mining Companies

As market sentiment and investor confidence in Australia's extractive industries remains subdued, recent initiatives from governments and regulators demonstrate, at least, an acknowledgment of the issues faced by mineral...more

Australian Tax Alert: Mining For Tax Breaks? The Exploration Development Incentive Explained

The Government has released an exposure draft of the Exploration Development Incentive ("EDI") legislation. These rules intend to encourage investment in small minerals exploration companies by allowing the benefits of losses...more

Relaunching the Northern Plan

The Northern Plan will focus on the integrated and coherent development of the area covered by the Northern Plan which includes all of Québec located north of the 49th degree of north latitude and north of the St. Lawrence...more

Drilling at depth – proposed changes to subterranean rights

The government’s consultation on underground drilling access for the extraction of gas, oil and geothermal energy came to an end on 15 August 2014. The consultation sought views on the government’s proposal to introduce new...more

Greater Guidance Comes To Calif. For Land Appraisals

Courts have long recognized that valuing mineral rights in eminent domain proceedings is inherently speculative, which can lead to wide swings in property valuations. So how can appraisers, property owners and public agencies...more

Energy Newsletter - August 2014

In This Issue: - Fifth Circuit Reins In Trend of Expanding ESA Liability for Remote Harm - Japan's Pivotal Role in the Global LNG Industry's 50-Year History - Government of Greece to Launch New Licensing...more

BLM Agrees to Complete Hydraulic Fracturing EIS for Leases in California

A recent agreement between environmentalists and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) may open the floodgates to challenges of the sufficiency of Environmental Assessments (EA) or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for oil...more

Ghana – A Further Push for Transparency in the Petroleum Sector

Many countries rich in natural resources are notorious for secrecy, corruption, and the mismanagement of revenues from oil and gas activities. But Ghana, following the success of its Jubilee development brought on stream in...more

Explore - Insights from the DLA Piper Mining Sector

In This Issue: - Editorial - About our Mining Sector - Seismic Shift - A Whole New Ball Game – Coal Sales in China - OHADA – What Foreign Investors Need to Know - Breaking the Drought – the...more

Federal Court Calls General Partnership Interest A Security

Are general partnership agreements for oil and gas exploration considered “securities” governed by federal securities regulations? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit thinks they could be. In SEC v. Jeffory...more

MT File re: 2014 Federal Budget, File No.: 990001-100

The mineral exploration tax credit has been extended for a further one-year period. This provides a 15% tax credit for flow-through share investors. Other items which would impact the mining industry include amendments to...more

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