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Supreme Court to Clarify the Liability of Canadian Corporations for Acts of their Foreign Affiliates

The Supreme Court of Canada today heard argument in a case that will clarify whether a judgment obtained in a foreign country against a foreign corporate entity can be enforced in Canada against a Canadian affiliate of that...more

Recent PA Sales Tax Guidance Concerning Natural Gas and Other Mining Activities

With all of the natural gas mining activity in Pennsylvania, the Department of Revenue has issued various guidance on what machinery, equipment and supplies falls within the "mining" exemption under Pennsylvania's sales and...more

Australian Government supports innovation in mining, energy, oil and gas

The Australian Government (through Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane) on 31 October 2014 launched ‘Accelerating Commercialisation’, an initiative aimed at accelerating the commercialisation of intellectual property...more

Mining, Oil and Gas Exploration and Exploitation Activities in France: Applicable Law and Planned Reform

Background of the Reform - In late 2012, the French Prime Minister established a committee for drafting a reform of the French Mining Code, which governs mining, oil and gas exploration and exploitation activities. The...more

Energy Newsletter - August 2014

In This Issue: - Fifth Circuit Reins In Trend of Expanding ESA Liability for Remote Harm - Japan's Pivotal Role in the Global LNG Industry's 50-Year History - Government of Greece to Launch New Licensing...more

End Of The Iran Sanctions? Not So Fast…

After the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) was signed last November by Iran and the P5+1 nations, many U.S. companies asked whether they could reestablish business relationships with Iran. That was a fair question, but...more

Oil & Gas, Mines & Minerals – Security under the Alberta Builders’ Lien Act

When registered in accordance with the Alberta Builders’ Lien Act (BLA), a builders’ lien provides security for unpaid contractors, labourers and suppliers who have “improved” lands. This includes those providing materials or...more

Big Changes to Federal Jurisdiction over Waters of the U.S. through the Clean Water Act

On March 25, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“USACE”) announced the release of their proposed rule redefining what waters fall under federal jurisdiction under the...more

Mandatory Reporting Standards For Payments By Extractive Industry Companies

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

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

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

Mineral Matters - Winter 2014

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

Texas Railroad Commission to Hire Seismologist

The Texas Railroad Commission announced that it would hire an in-house seismologist to investigate the possible link of oil and gas activity to seismic events. In a January 7, 2014 statement, the Railroad Commission said that...more

Listing an Overseas Oil and Gas Company on the London Stock Exchange

Introduction - The London Stock Exchange (the “LSE”) has long provided an attractive forum for companies with oil and gas operations outside of the United Kingdom to seek and obtain access to foreign capital markets...more

Revised Disclosure Rules for Resources Companies: Time to Transition

Listed mining and oil & gas companies have less than three months remaining to prepare for compliance with the new Chapter 5 of the Listing Rules. The enhanced reporting regime will be enforced from 1 December 2013....more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 25, 2013

Environmental and Policy Focus: Interior Chief defends federal hydraulic fracturing regulations -- Bloomberg - Jul 18: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell drew on her experience as a former oil-industry engineer to defend...more

Federal Court Strikes Down SEC Resource Extraction Rule

On July 2, 2013, the United States District Court in Washington, D.C. invalidated Rule 13q-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 implementing the Dodd-Frank Act “resource extraction” provision requiring disclosure of...more

The Transparency Wars: Coming to a Galaxy Near You?

Everyone is in favor of transparency and anti-corruption – at least, everyone except the occasional despot or dictator. Yet substantial controversy now swirls around the disclosure of the vast sums that governments receive...more

US District Court vacates SEC’s Resource Extraction Rule

On Tuesday, the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the Securities and Exchange Commission on a motion for summary judgment related to the SEC’s resource extraction rule. A copy of the court’s...more

West Virginia Chamber Environmental Committee Meets With EPA Region III – “Sustainability” Is The Buzzword Of The Day

On June 25, 2013, along with other members of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Environmental Committee, we met in Philadelphia with EPA Region III Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin and about a dozen members of his...more

Canada Announces New Initiative for Disclosure of Payments to Governments

On June 12, 2013, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the introduction of a new transparency initiative in Canada that will require Canadian companies in the extractive industries, including mining, oil and gas,...more

New Anti-Corruption Provisions in EU Legislation: Increased Accountability for Mining, Oil and Gas Companies

Large non-listed companies incorporated in the European Economic Area (“EEA”) which operate in the oil, gas and mining sectors will need to annually disclose any payments made to the national, regional or local authority of a...more

The Transparency Agenda: Section 1504 and Beyond

A number of significant briefs were filed recently with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires oil, gas, and mining issuers to report on their payments...more

REGULATORY: Mining and Natural Resources; Oil and Gas Regulatory: Deep Seabed Mining Emerges from the Depths By Jeff Perry

As onshore deposits yield lower-grade ores, the comparatively rich grades that have been prospected in subsea deposits beckon miners with appetites for high risks and rewards. Unlike most terrestrial regions, other than a few...more

Energy Newsletter - December 2012

In This Issue: - DISPUTE RESOLUTION: - Tort Litigation: Reforming NEPA Review of Energy Projects - TRANSACTIONAL: - Transactions: Allocation of Ship-Shore Liability: Use of Port Liability Agreements to...more

MSHA/OSHA Report - August 2012

In This Issue: Safety and Health Enforcement Developments: - MSHA Update - OSHA Update ..OSHA's Oil & Gas Flame Resistant Clothing Memo Held to Be Improper Rulemaking ..Final Electric Power Transmission and...more

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