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Kazakhstan’s accession to the WTO: new local content requirements

On 9 November 2015, in connection with Kazakhstan’s accession to the WTO, amendments to the subsoil use legislation made came into force and significantly altered the existing local content requirements. We summarize below...more

New Mining Code in Gabon to Give a Major Boost to Investments

“Gabon remains unexplored” is the conclusion of the Société Equatoriale des Mines (“SEM”), a wholly-owned State company created in 2011 to facilitate the development of the country’s natural resources. Developing the mining...more

Louisiana Mineral Code Article 122 Revisited

Creativity abounds: Your 16-year old “explaining” the empty Southern Comfort bottle and the roach clip; President Obama justifying his rejection of Keystone. The Louisiana Supreme Court isn’t much of a supporter, at least in...more

National Instrument 43-101 and Early Production Decisions: What are the Rules and What are the Risks?

Most mineral projects that proceed to commercial production do so on the basis of certain advanced technical studies. The key milestone is usually a feasibility study which demonstrates, among other things, the existence of...more

Commenters Weigh in on Proposed Regulations for Determining MLP Qualifying Income

IRS’ proposed MLP regulations generate flurry of specific industry-related comments and spur public hearing. “I’m mad as Hell, and, frankly, I’m not going to take it anymore.” — Paraphrase of concerned citizen and...more

$1-Billion Committed to Development of Quebec’s Mining, Hydrocarbon Industries

The Quebec government has recently announced that the Capital Mines Hydrocarbon fund (CMH Fund), the purpose of which is to acquire equity interests in mining and hydrocarbon projects in Quebec, is officially in effect. The...more

UK Shale Gas - Going all out for Shale

As part of a package of measures to kick-start the shale gas industry in the UK, the UK government issued a joint Written Statement by DECC and DCLG on 16 September 2015 containing a new shale gas and oil policy. This policy...more

100 subsurface areas of solid minerals and groundwater are auctioned in the Republic of Kazakhstan

The RK Ministry of Investments and Development has approved a list of subsurface areas of solid minerals and groundwater subsurface use rights to which will be auctioned in Kazakhstan. The list includes 100 subsurface areas...more

Disclosure Rules Regarding Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers Have Been “Unlawfully Withheld” by the SEC – Court Orders...

Yesterday, a federal judge ordered the SEC to file with the court an expedited schedule for promulgating final rules requiring disclosure of government payments by resource extraction issuers. The SEC has 30 days to file the...more

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

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