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Zinc: It's Not Just for Lifeguards

Minerals Make Life - an initiative created by the National Mining Association - has recently developed an infographic explaining the importance of the mineral zinc....more

New Disclosures Required Regarding Subsurface Rights In Florida

On May 12, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law CS/CS/CS/HB 489, regarding subsurface rights disclosures. The bill creates a new Section 689.29, Florida Statutes. Beginning October 1, 2014, a seller of residential...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2014

In This Issue: - United States And Japan Hit Bumps On The Road To TPP Agreement - Senate Commerce Committee Passes Manufacturing Bill - WTO Panel Finds China's Export Restraints On Rare Earth Minerals Violate Trade...more

Ministerial Might – ICAC Opens the Door for Increased Oversight of NSW Tenement Dealings

The New South Wales (NSW) Government has recently introduced the Mining and Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (NSW) (Bill) in the Legislative Assembly. The Bill proposes to amend the Mining Act 1992 (NSW) (Mining Act)...more

Proposed EU Legislation on Conflict Minerals Published

On 5 March, the European Commission (“the Commission”) published its long-awaited draft legislation on conflict minerals. The proposal for a regulation setting up a Union system for supply chain due diligence...more

Domestic Mineral Processing and Beneficiation in Indonesian Mining Sector

Introduction and Background - As participants in the Indonesian mining sector continue to consider the implications of the 2009 mining law requiring certain types of in-country processing and beneficiation, the...more

Indonesian government imposes partially eased ban on ore exports

The Indonesian government had been due to enforce an effective ban on the export of unprocessed mineral ores from 12 January 2014. It now appears that the ban will be more restricted than originally planned and aimed...more

The Challenge of Monetizing Africa’s Mineral-rich Resources

Clement Fondufe is a partner at Latham & Watkins and the global Chair of the firm's Africa Practice. In this interview, he looks at some of the challenges facing foreign-owned companies operating in Africa’s mining, oil and...more

Group Identifies Conflict Minerals Report Expectations

The Responsible Sourcing Network has released a paper, the goal of which is to describe the content that certain sustainable and responsible investors, or SRIs, and nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs, expect to see in an...more

REGULATORY: Natural Resources Regulatory: Department of the Interior Proposes Rule Changes Applicable to All Federal Solid...

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) recently proposed significant changes to federal royalty reporting requirements covering all solid minerals, including coal. The proposed rule,...more

Old Rules Are Learned Anew In Louisiana Servitude Case

Occasionally in my litigation experience I’m reminded of time-honored rules of law. Often I’m pleased, sometimes I’m not. So it was, I assume, for the parties in Midnight rilling, LLC v. Triche et al....more

Mining Review -- July 2013: Publish What You Pay Laws – Getting it Right Here in Canada

That various payments to domestic and foreign governments by natural resource companies should be subject to transparency obligations is now universally accepted as good public policy. Increasingly however, governments are...more

SEC Wins Victory in Conflict Minerals Rules Litigation

The SEC’s conflict minerals rules have withstood judicial challenge — so far. On July 23, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected the summary judgment motion of the plaintiffs challenging the...more

Court Upholds SEC Rule on Conflicts Minerals

On July 23, 2013, the US District Court for the District of Columbia found “no problems with the SEC’s rulemaking” by its adoption of the Conflict Minerals Rule pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more

Court Upholds SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has upheld the SEC’s conflict minerals rule in National Association of Manufacturers et al v. Securities and Exchange Commission. ...more

What next for Guinea’s regulation? Tracking the evolution of the Guinean mining code against the ups and downs of the global...

On April 9, 2013, the Republic of Guinea enacted amendments to its 2011 mining code, with the aim of reinforcing the message to international investors that Guinea is open for business. In a press statement, the Guinean...more

GAO Study Finds Problems With Conflict Free Minerals Sourcing

The Government Accountability Office, or GAO, has published a study highlighting some issues with conflict-free minerals sourcing. ...more

Court Vacates SEC Resource Extraction Rules

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has vacated the SEC resource extraction disclosure rules....more

Court Vacates SEC Rule on Disclosure of Government Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers While Similar EU Requirement Is...

On July 2, 2013, a US court vacated the new SEC rule requiring resource extraction issuers to file annual reports with information about government payments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas or minerals....more

Quebec Tightens Rules On Financial Guarantee Requirements For Rehabilitation And Restoration Plans

On February 13, 2013, a notice was published in the Gazette officielle du Québec by the Minister of Natural Resources, Martine Ouellet, announcing amendments to the Regulation respecting mineral substances other than...more

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