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Comment Period Begins for EPA CERCLA 108(b) Bonding Rule for Hardrock Mining Industry

On January 11, 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule for financial assurance requirements under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act for the hardrock...more

[Webinar] 2017 MSHA Enforcement Initiatives and Rulemaking Outlook - Jan. 26th, 1:00pm EST

As we begin a new calendar year and look ahead to a new administration, industry should continue to stay informed as to MSHA’s regulatory agenda and enforcement initiatives. While MSHA will soon have new decision makers in...more

Maine Board of Environmental Protection Unanimously Adopts Metallic Mineral Mining Rules

On January 5th, the Maine Board of Environmental Protection (Board) unanimously voted to repeal existing Chapter 200 Metallic Mineral Exploration, Advanced Exploration and Mining rules and adopt new Chapter 200 rules to...more

Pierce Atwood Environmental Regulatory Compliance Calendar

NEW REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS - Federal - - Program Requirement Revisions Related to the Public Water System Supervision Programs for Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont - EPA is giving notice that...more

EPA Issues Financial Responsibility Requirements for the Hardrock Mining Industry and Announces Intent to Regulate Other...

On December 1, 2016, EPA signed a proposed rule setting forth financial responsibility requirements for the hardrock mining industry under Section 108(b) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and...more

The 2017 Minnesota Legislature: What to Expect

The November general election obviously represents a sea change in how business will be conducted at the Minnesota state capitol when legislators return to work on January 3, 2017. House Republicans will enjoy a comfortable...more

Forecast for Energy and Environment Regulations

President-Elect Donald Trump has promised to bring back jobs in the coal industry and reduce regulations that could inhibit economic growth. His transition team has already begun arriving at federal agencies to review the...more

EPA Proposes Financial Responsibility Requirements for Hardrock Mining Industry - The Proposed Rule Could Set a Precedent for...

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy on Dec. 1, 2016, signed a pre-publication version of a proposed rule that seeks to establish financial responsibility requirements for approximately 221...more

An Overview of the Industrial Sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the National Industrial Cluster Development Program

Based on a variety of export-oriented industries including oil and gas, metals and mining, logistics, agrochemicals and food and beverages, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has the largest industrial output in the MENA region....more

Record Low Number of Mining Deaths in Fiscal Year 2016, Mine Safety Agency Reports

Fiscal year 2016 saw a record low number of mining deaths, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has reported. The agency also continues to encourage the mining community “to reach zero mining deaths.”...more

Idaho Supreme Court Refuses to Modify the Workers Compensation Exclusive Remedy Doctrine

In order to provide near certain relief for employees injured in the course of employment, the Idaho Worker’s Compensation Act withdrew the common law remedies workers traditionally held against their employers. This...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Electrical Safety Alert

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued an electrical safety alert after several miners were injured in underground coalmine accidents. In one incident, a miner working near a 480 VAC scoop charger circuit...more

Class action lawsuits have arrived in Thailand

At the end of last year, the civil procedure rules in Thailand were amended to allow class action litigation to be brought in Thailand for the first time. The first class action lawsuit in Thailand has since been brought...more

Employer’s Safety Concerns Were Not Sufficient to Avoid its Obligations Under its Collective Agreement

An Employer was required to revert to a previous shift schedule in accordance with its obligations under the collective agreement, notwithstanding its claim that the previous shift schedule was less safe....more

Private Placement as Defensive Tactic Considered in Context of New Takeover Bid Rules

On October 24, 2016, the British Columbia Securities Commission and the Ontario Securities Commission (together, the Commissions) released their much anticipated reasons for their July 22, 2016, order, In the matter of Hecla...more

[Webinar] Navigating Multi-Employer Mine Sites Liability and Enforcement - November 15th, 1:00p.m. EST

Independent contractors are a vital element to the mining industry. Mine operators call upon their expertise daily at mines around the country. But what happens when an independent contractor arrives at your mine site? This...more

Our view on the splitting of a mining licence

There is no provision in the Mines and Minerals Act that expressly provides for or deals with a splitting of a mining licence by a holder into several smaller licences (or the conversion of any part of such licence into a...more

Mine Safety Regulators Issue Seat Belt Alert

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a safety alert urging miners to buckle their seat belts while operating mobile equipment. According to a review of mining fatalities from 2010 to 2015, approximately...more

Mining in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – An Overview

Covering two million square km, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest country by landmass in the Middle East and the 13th largest in the world. The Kingdom’s geology gives it an abundance of natural resources and raw...more

Och-Ziff Failures in Due Diligence and Transaction Compliance (Part II)

The Och-Ziff enforcement action is replete with examples of failures in due diligence and transaction monitoring compliance. Och-Ziff’s bribery schemes were elaborate and intricate and involved complex transactions,...more

Mine Safety Agency Warns of Equipment and Machinery Dangers

In the wake of three deaths over the past year involving mine equipment and machinery, the Mine Health and Safety Administration has issued a safety alert to prevent mining accidents: “Blocking Against Motion.” MSHA said...more

Mining in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia — An Overview

Sector Profile - Covering two million square km, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the largest country by landmass in the Middle East and the 13th largest in the world. The Kingdom’s geology gives it an abundance of natural...more

Digging deeper: Chinese cross-border mining M&A steals the spotlight

Mining M&A is now a China story. The country has served as one of the few legitimate catalysts for deals since January 2015, closing 20 cross-border mining acquisitions worth approximately US$8.3 billion. The momentum has...more

Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert for Water-Related Fatalities

Working around, over, or near water is a safety hazard that may result in entrapment and drowning, the Mining Safety and Health Administration has warned in a hazard alert. The federal agency said 24 miners have died at...more

Mining Initial Public Offering Guide

Canada’s world leading mining capital markets offer a wealth of opportunity, with their access to local and global natural resources, finance opportunities for companies at all stages, and sophisticated technical know-how....more

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