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Budget 2017: Changes to Canadian Exploration Expense and Flow-Through Shares

Canadian exploration expenses (CEE) are certain types of expenses incurred by oil and gas, mining and renewable energy corporations. CEE is 100 percent deductible in the year the expense is incurred. Certain types of CEE also...more

California’s Free Mining & Tunneling Training Schedule

California enforces its own mining and tunneling regulations through Cal/OSHA’s Mining and Tunneling (M&T) Unit. The main function of this specialized unit is to investigate complaints and accidents in mines and tunnels and...more

Senegal's New Mining Code

Senegal has officially introduced its new mining code, which has been a work in progress since 2012 when proposals were first made to revise the former mining code introduced in 2003. In recognising the potential that the...more

Prospecting for tax deductions

Earlier this year, the Commissioner of Taxation released TR 2017/1 - Income Tax: deductions for mining and petroleum exploration expenditure (the "Ruling"). The Ruling is the finalised version of TR 2015/D4, issued in...more

New Kenyan Mining Act: A big step forward (French)

Contexte - Cet article présente les principales dispositions de la nouvelle loi minière 2016 en vigueur au Kenya (la “Loi”) qui, après un long processus, a été signée par le Président Uhuru Kenyatta le 6 mai 2016. La...more

The new face of private equity

There is a new face of private equity in the today's mining M&A market. Private equity is no longer willing to entertain opportunities which spruik only the potential for speculative capital gains. Rather, private equity is...more

Mine Safety Agency to Award Up to $1 Million in Grants for Education, Training

The Mine Safety and Health Administration will award up to $1 million in new grants for education and training programs to help identify, avoid, and prevent unsafe working conditions at mines in the United States as part of a...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Budget Hearings Exceed 100 Hours and Counting - The Appropriations and Financial Affairs...more

MSHA Announces Results of Special Impact Inspections From December 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced the results of its monthly special impact inspections from December 2016. During the month, MSHA conducted inspections at 10 coal mines and...more

6th Circuit Rules Against Mine Safety and Health Administration’s (MSHA) Attempt To Extend Jurisdiction Beyond The Mine Site

A key federal appeals court decision has rejected MSHA’s argument that the Mine Act gave it authority to take enforcement against a manufacturing plant making and repairing mine equipment, saying that instead the shop falls...more

New mining regulations: back to the past

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia on 11 January 2017 issued new mining regulations regulating (i) ‘new’ share divestment requirements for foreign investment companies holding an IUP or IUPK; and (ii) new export...more

Review Commission Split On Whether Violation Of Roof Control Plan Constitutes A Significant and Substantial Violation

An impending decision by the Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission (the Commission) reveals a split among members as to the safety risks posed by violations of a roof control plan, though they agreed the company in...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert after Mining Deaths

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a “fatal accidents alert” after two separate mining accidents claimed the lives of two miners within a 24-hour period. The alert lists best practices to avoid accidents...more

Senegal's new Mining Code

In October 2016, the Senegalese Parliament passed a new Mining Code (the New Mining Code), which affects the way mining permits are processed, places additional social and environmental obligations on mine operators and...more

MSHA decides that the White House’s Regulatory Freeze Does Not Apply to its New Rule

MSHA decided to move forward with its controversial Examination of Workplaces in Metal and Nonmetal Mines Rule without regard to a White House Memorandum requesting federal agencies to delay rules for sixty days. (see our...more

First ‘Trial of the Century’ and the SQM FCPA Enforcement Action – Part II

Today I conclude my two-part series on the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile (SQM), which agreed to pay a...more

A ‘Most Daring Act’ and the SQM FCPA Enforcement Action – Part I

A most “daring act” seems to be a good way to introduce a multi-part look at the recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action involving the Chilean chemicals and mining company Sociedad Química y Minera de...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

The first four weeks of the Trump administration have brought a flurry of policy and regulatory activity through Executive Orders (EO), proposed new legislation and review of existing regulation. After eight years of the...more

Publication of the revised MPRDA Amendment Bill

The revised Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill 15D – 2013 (the Bill) was passed by the National Assembly on 1 November 2016. The Bill has now been referred to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP)....more

MSHA Moves Forward with May 23 Implementation of Workplace Examination Final Rule

On January 23, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) issued its Final Rule for Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines. In light of the White House’s regulatory freeze on new rules, questions...more

Oil Transportation and Suction Dredge Mining Legislative Topics in Washington Too

Following up on last week’s post about Oregon legislative proposals, here are some of the mineral-related bills currently pending in the Washington State Legislature...more

CRA Releases New Guidelines Regarding Canadian Exploration Expenses

On the heels of some recent positive legislative changes regarding the tax treatment of environmental study and community consultation costs, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has revised its administrative guidelines for the...more

New Kenyan Mining Act: A big step forward

Background - This article examines the new Mining Act 2016 in Kenya (the Act) which, after a lengthy legislative process, was finally signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta on 6 May 2016. The Act replaces the former...more

Mineral-Related Bills Pending Before Oregon Legislature

The Oregon Legislature’s 2017 session officially kicked off last week. A variety of mineral-related bills have been introduced. Here are some of the ones to follow...more

Fourth Circuit Upends NPDES Permit Shield

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently upheld a lower court’s determination that a West Virginia mining company was not shielded from liability by its NPDES permit. The mining company’s permit...more

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