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Mine Safety Agency Issues Close Call Accident Alert After Structural Failure

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a “close call accident alert” after a structural failure at a sand and gravel mine. MSHA said that a scrubber tower located at the mine structurally failed moments after a...more

Financial Assurance Reform in Queensland

by DLA Piper on

Findings and recommendations by the Queensland Treasury Corporation in its Review of Queensland's Financial Assurance Framework report (April 2017) (QTC Paper) have manifested in substantial proposed reforms to Queensland's...more

Reforms Lead to New Opportunities in Saudi Arabia - Transformative changes in Saudi Arabia are opening up new opportunities in...

Saudi Arabia has recently adopted new policies aimed at transforming its economy, including plans to sell shares in the state oil company, Saudi Aramco, and to expand its Public Investment Fund (PIF) to diversify its...more

Workwise: Province Announces New Partnership with Police to Investigate Serious Workplace Safety Incidents

by Field Law on

The Government of Alberta has announced a new partnership with ten different police agencies across the province to define protocols for the investigation of serious workplace occupational health and safety (OHS) incidents....more

Challenge To Mine Safety POV Rule Stayed For Settlement Talks

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An Ohio court case on the validity of the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s 2013 rule on “pattern of violation,” or “POV,” may be near an end. At the joint request of the plaintiffs and MSHA, a judge for the U.S....more

Mining the Deep Seabed for Renewable Energy

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On Friday the China Minmetals Corporation signed a 15-year contract with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for exploration of polymetallic nodules on the deep seabed of the Pacific Ocean. The ISA has now executed...more

Risk Mitigation and Allocation Strategies in Contract Drafting for Terminal Services Agreements

by Dentons on

A terminal services agreement (TSA) is a contract for a mining producer/shipper to warehouse and through-put its product en route to its customers. The following article outlines a number of ways TSAs can be drafted to...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues ‘Close Call Alert’ Related To Surface Power Lines

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a “close call alert” after a tractor trailer contacted an overhead ground wire after dumping a load of gravel, causing significant damage, but no injuries. The agency...more

Illinois Appellate Court Allows Rare “Prospective Nuisance” Claim to Proceed Against Mining Facility

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Addressing the relatively uncommon “prospective nuisance” claim, an Illinois appeals court found a group of landowners pleaded sufficient facts to show that a new sand mining operation would result in a nuisance if...more

District Court Confirms Arbitral Award Against Venezuela In Dispute Over Gold Deposits Contract

by Carlton Fields on

A federal district court in Washington, D.C. recently confirmed a $1.2 billion arbitral award in favor of Crystallex International Corp. against Venezuela after the country’s Ministry of Environment denied a necessary permit...more

[Webinar] MSHA's Most-Cited Standards and How to Avoid Them - May 17th, 1:00pm ET

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

MSHA’s published enforcement initiatives and Fatalgrams are an easy place to start when improving mine safety and proactively preparing sites for inspection, especially if you do your research. Reviewing MSHA’s most-cited...more

The MSHA Quarterly Stakeholder Conference: Workplace Examination Rule and Working Alone Initiative

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) held its quarterly stakeholder teleconference on April 25, 2017. The call served three purposes: (1) It provided an update to the timeline of the agency’s final Examinations of...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert to Prevent Fall Accidents

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert on preventing accidents at mines from miners falling. MSHA said that in the past decade, 29 miners have died at metal and nonmetal mines when they fell...more

Projects and Energy Weekly Snippets

by Hogan Lovells on

Moz plant illustrates rapid commissioning potential of gas engines - Electricity generation using gas as a fuel has great potential to meet the growing needs of many African countries, especially with a peaking-plant...more

El Salvador Makes History and Bans All Mining - Will other countries follow?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On March 29, 2017, El Salvador’s legislature unanimously voted to ban all metallic mining, including for gold, in the Central American country. El Salvador is the first country in the world to impose a blanket ban on mining...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Blasting Equipment Alert

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert advising employers to take precautions when storing, handling, transporting, and using explosives and detonators in underground coal mines near energized...more

Canadian Mining Company Strikes Gold in US Court

by WilmerHale on

Arbitration analysis: Steven Finizio and Manuel Casas at WilmerHale, consider the US District Court’s decision in Crystallex v Venezuela to uphold the $1.2bn damages award and suggest that the case reaffirms the deferential...more

Mine Safety Agency Releases Accident Alert for Surface Trucks in Metal, Nonmetal Mining Industry

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The Mine Health and Safety Administration has released a serious accident alert in the wake of an accident involving a haul truck driver in the metal and nonmetal mine industry. The operator of a loaded haul truck...more

[Webinar] Working With MSHA: Alternative Citation Resolution and Pre-Enforcement Interaction - April 25th, 1:00pm EDT

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

While operators have the right and opportunity to contest any citation or order issued by MSHA, there ways to address concerns with MSHA prior to contest....more

Federal Mine Safety Review Commission Authority Over Settlements Affirmed As Labor Department Drops Challenge

by Conn Maciel Carey LLP on

The panel that reviews mine safety and health cases has prevailed in recent federal court filings on the issue of whether it has the legal authority to approve settlements of penalties that MSHA reaches with mining employers....more

Contract of Work for IUPK OP: A Tough Decision

by White & Case LLP on

The Indonesian government ("Government") has issued a number of regulations to implement its mining policy, including GR 1/of 2017. In moving towards a single Special Mining Permit Operation Production license (IUPK...more

Court Rejects Takings Claim Based on Temporary Prohibition of Mining

by Nossaman LLP on

As we’ve reported in the past, temporary takings are compensable in California.  But such claims are not easy to prove, particularly when you’re dealing with the federal government imposing temporary regulations preventing...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert on Falls at Metal and Nonmetal Mines

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

After the deaths of 29 miners over the past decade from falls in metal and nonmetal mines, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert on reducing the risk of dangerous falls, reminding employers of...more

The Delphic Provision

by Hogan Lovells on

On 8 December 2014, the agreement between the three Departments of Mineral Resources (DMR), Environmental (DEA) and Water Affairs, also known as the “One Environmental System” became a reality. In principle, this was aimed at...more

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

by Bennett Jones LLP on

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

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