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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...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

MSHA Decision Pending on the Effective Date for the 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. The final rule amends the existing workplace examinations standard and...more

Business and Human Rights in Foreign Operations: The Stakes Just Got Bigger

Canadian courts took another step in further opening the country’s courts to civil claims by foreign victims of alleged human rights abuses against Canadian corporations for acts committed abroad. In a January 26, 2017,...more

MSHA’s New Rule on Workplace Examinations at Metal/Non-Metal Mines Scheduled to Take Effect Despite Regulatory Freeze

On January 23, and for the first time in nearly 40 years, the Mine Safety and Health Administration (“MSHA”) issued new rules governing the way in which metal/non-metal mine operators must conduct their regular workplace...more

SEC Reconsidering Conflict Minerals Implementation

SEC Acting Chairman Michael S. Piwowar issued a “Statement on the Commission’s Conflict Minerals Rule” and another statement titled “Reconsideration of Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation.” Chairman Piwowar reviewed...more

C-Suite Misconduct Results in Sociedad Quimica Y Minera FCPA Resolution with DOJ and SEC

In an unusual FCPA enforcement action, the Justice Department and the SEC resolved FCPA violations against Sociedad Quimica y Minera, a Chilean chemical and mining company, for a total of $30.5 million, for paying...more

French Legal and Regulatory Update – December 2016

The Paris office of Hogan Lovells is pleased to provide this English language edition of our monthly e-newsletter, which offers a legal and regulatory update covering France and Europe for December 2016. Please see full...more

Changes in Non-Refined Mineral Export and Divestment Policies in Indonesian Mining

Recent Indonesian regulations1 implement a series of changes in respect of the regulation of the export of raw ores and concentrates but in doing so also implement very significant changes in respect of the conversion of...more

Mining & Metals 2017: A tentative return to form

With miners staging a recovery on equity markets in 2016 and China concerns easing, growth is back on the agenda. But the recovery is not without its challenges and uncertainties....more

The FCPA Enforcement Run Continues into 2017

Just when we thought 2016 was over and we could all breathe a sigh of relief, DOJ and the SEC have continued to run with a string of new enforcement actions. To all of those prognosticators, paparazzi, commentators, chicken...more

Department of Mineral Resources faces heavy criticism by South African courts again

On 4 November 2016, the Labour Court handed down its judgment (unreported case number J2459/16) in the matter between AngloGold Ashanti Limited, the Acting Chief Inspector, the relevant Principal Inspector, and the Inspector...more

Energy Newsletter - January 2017

LNG in Europe 2016/2017: An Overview of LNG Import Terminals in Europe - The increase in the supply of LNG to Europe in 2015 and the first half of 2016 was led by the UK and Italy, with other significant increases in...more

Important news for mining companies with existing or future projects in the California desert

BLM releases maps showing 1.3 million acres of proposed mining withdrawal - On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) released maps showing the areas that BLM, on December 28, 2016, proposed to...more

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