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Quebec Court Rules on the Role of Social Acceptability in the Project Approval Process

On June 21, 2017, the Superior Court of Québec (Court) ruled against Ressources Strateco inc. (Strateco) in a decision that addresses the issue of social acceptability in the context of project approvals in Northern...more

Ninth Circuit Requires Evidence of No Injury, Recognizes Forfeiture of Pre-1919 Arizona Water Rights

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A recent ruling from the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals underscores the importance of beneficially using water, as currently recognized in California, to maintain state water rights. On June 13, a three-judge panel...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

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

Maine Board of Environmental Protection Unanimously Adopts Metallic Mineral Mining Rules

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

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

Quebec’s Energy, Mining Sectors Searching for Clarity on Social Acceptability

On February 16 2016, Quebec’s Energy and Natural Resource Minister, Pierre Arcand, tabled a green paper (referred to in French as the “Livre Vert”) at the National Assembly, outlining five guidelines regarding social...more

Shining a Light on Payments to Governments: The Current State of “Publish What You Pay” Rulemaking Around the World

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Over the last few years, a number of key jurisdictions have adopted regulations requiring companies engaged in natural resource extraction activities to disclose the payments they make to governments and state-owned...more

UPDATE: Examination Of Title To Unpatented Mining Claims

by Perkins Coie on

For purposes of “discovery” of a valuable mineral deposit, the Interior Board of Land Appeals (IBLA) has recently held that the “prudent man” test does not require that Bureau of Land Management (BLM) consider the current...more

Indian Supreme Court Cancels Mining Concessions

by K&L Gates LLP on

On 24 September 2014, the Indian Supreme Court cancelled 214 out of the 218 existing coal-mining licenses. The only mining licences which were not cancelled were four coal blocks made to Government controlled undertakings...more

Mining & Metals: Opportunity & Risk — Weathering the bottom of the cycle

by White & Case LLP on

Weathering the bottom of the cycle - Even the global resources giants have been forced to look inwardly and restructure more than just their business strategies in order to cope with the pressures of the prolonged...more

International News: Focus on Mining and Metals

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In This Issue: - Features ..Investors in Africa Benefit from Regional Trading Blocs ..Understanding the COMESA Merger Control Regime ..Protecting Your UK Business Against Departing...more

Malian Mining Sector Update: Mining Licenses Revocations and Mitigation Strategies

by King & Spalding on

On 31 July 2014, the government of Mali announced that approximately 30 % of all mining permits—spanning a surface area of more than 5,000 square miles—had been cancelled in order to “clean up the sector.” Permits revocations...more

Court Provides Guidelines on Valuing Natural Resources in Eminent Domain Proceedings

by Nossaman LLP on

Valuing mineral rights in eminent domain proceedings is inherently speculative and can lead to wide swings in property valuations. So how do appraisers best deal with the uncertainty involved in mineral exploitation? The...more

SMARA Amendments Moving Forward in State Senate

by Stoel Rives LLP on

SB 1270, sponsored by State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), survived the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water on April 29, 2014 by a 7-2 vote. ...more

A Resurgence in U.S. Manufacturing Requires a Sensible Mining Permitting Process

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A new short video found at the website for Minerals Make Life - a National Mining Association initiative - illuminates the close ties between the widespread resurgence of manufacturing in the United States and the need for...more

Mandatory Reporting Standards For Payments By Extractive Industry Companies

by Dentons on

The Government of Canada recently issued a Consultation Paper regarding proposed mandatory reporting standards (the proposed standards) for payments by extractive industry companies to governments, both domestic and foreign,...more

New Information on Demand for Rare Earths Demonstrates Need to Increase Efficiency in U.S. Mining Permitting Processes

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Minerals Make Life - a national, non-profit mining association - has recently developed an illuminating infographic indicating the increased demand for rare earth minerals. Presence of these minerals in the earth’s crust is...more

Substantial Rewriting of SMARA Proposed Bill Would Decrease Local Agencies' Role: SB 1270 May Also Adversely Affect Local...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Under proposed Senate Bill 1270 (Pavley), the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) would be substantially revised, reducing the role of local agencies in regulating mines in their jurisdictions. Because SB 1270 would...more

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

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

Minnesota Environmental Quality Board Approves Model Standards For Local Silica Sand Mining Regulations

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On March 19, the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board (EQB) approved its proposed model standards for local silica sand mining regulations and planning. The standards are intended to serve as guidelines for city and county...more

Proposed EU Legislation on Conflict Minerals Published

by K&L Gates LLP on

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

Ivory Coast: New Mining Code

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

A new mining code (the “New Mining Code”) was voted by the Ivorian Parliament on March 5. Current mining titles will be valid for their remaining term but their renewals will be subject to the provisions of the New Mining...more

Mineral Matters - Winter 2014

by DLA Piper on

Introduction - Welcome to the latest edition of Minerals Matters and a slightly belated Happy New Year to you all. No doubt as you read this the holiday season seems a long time ago, but hopefully you had the oppor...more

Domestic Mineral Processing and Beneficiation in Indonesian Mining Sector

by White & Case LLP on

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 Export Ban on Nickel and Bauxite

by McDermott Will & Emery on

As of January 12, Indonesia has banned the export of the unprocessed ores, nickel and bauxite. The ban may have consequences for investments in the area and could trigger international claims by foreign investors and...more

Tanzania: A Wellspring Of Opportunity

by DLA Piper on

New natural gas frontiers - The first commercialisation of natural gas discoveries in the 1970’s and 80’s enabled further on and off-shore exploration in Tanzania. As of June 2013, ensuing discoveries amount to 42.7...more

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