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The UK Strategy for Critical Minerals

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As outlined in the first installment of our series, "Striking the Balance: Permitting Reforms for Mining and the Energy Transition", to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, mining development is essential for providing the...more

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Government of Canada Unveils Details Regarding New Federal Indigenous Loan Guarantee Program

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On April 16, 2024, the Canadian Government released the 2024 federal budget, including details on the much-anticipated federal Indigenous Loan Guarantee Program (ILG Program). First announced in the government's 2023 Fall...more

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Le gouvernement du Québec établit une nouvelle exigence d’autorisation pour les travaux d’exploration minière

À compter du 6 mai 2024, il sera désormais nécessaire d’obtenir une autorisation pour travaux d’exploration à impacts (une « ATI ») auprès du ministère des Ressources naturelles et des Forêts (le « Ministère ») avant de...more

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Quebec Establishes a Permitting Requirement for Mineral Exploration Work

Beginning on May 6, 2024, an authorization (ATI) from the Quebec ministry responsible for mines, the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et des Forêts (MRNF), will be required before conducting impact-causing exploration work...more

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Interior Department Finalizes Rule to Limit Oil and Gas, Mineral Development in Alaska

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The U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior) released a final rule that will protect millions of acres of Alaskan wildness from the development of oil, gas and minerals. Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which...more

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Permitting Reform and Responsible Mining: Q&A with IRMA’s Kristi Disney Bruckner

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Mined materials are in the products we use every day—our cars, jewelry, phones, laptops, and buildings—and technology for the energy transition means that more of these materials are needed for wind, solar, and electric...more

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The Impact of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

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In this series of articles, your WBD team explores the pathways to finding a balance between responsible regulatory oversight and allowing mining projects for critical minerals to receive timely permitting approvals so they...more

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Coming soon? Updates on the Latest Round of Negotiations of the Draft Deep-sea Mining Regulations: Environmental Considerations

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On March 29, 2024, the International Seabed Authority’s (“ISA”) Council concluded the first part of its 29th Session continuing the negotiations and drafting of the Exploitation Rules, Regulations and Procedures (“RRPs”) for...more

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Government of Canada Extends Mineral Exploration Tax Credit for Investors in Flow-Through Shares

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On March 28, 2024, the federal government announced, amid market uncertainty, that it would be extending the 15 percent Mineral Exploration Tax Credit (METC) for investors in flow-through shares for one additional year, until...more

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British Columbia Announces a Pause on Mining in Gitxaala and Ehattesaht Nations Territories

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On March 7, 2024, British Columbia's Ministry of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation announced interim measures in the form of four Orders in Council (OICs). The OICs place restrictions on the issuance of mineral claims,...more

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Impacts of Canada and Australia Collaboration on Critical Minerals

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Despite challenging capital markets for mining companies, the PDAC conference saw relative enthusiasm and optimism amongst its attendees. One area of particular focus for governments remains efforts to encourage investment in...more

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Reducen tarifas de retención y autorretención para el sector minero e hidrocarburos en Colombia

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El Gobierno Nacional de Colombia modificó mediante el Decreto 0242 de 2024 las tarifas de retención y autorretención aplicables a las empresas del sector minero y de hidrocarburos. Estas modificaciones fueron realizadas con...more

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The Inflation Reduction Act as a Mining Finance Alternative

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It has been a little over a year and a half since the enactment of the Inflation Reduction Act (“IRA”) promoted by the Biden Administration, and critical mineral producers and their investors are rushing to find ways to...more

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Acreage Dedications in Midstream Contracts

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Acreage dedications are a fundamental component of midstream oil and gas agreements, playing a crucial role in facilitating the transportation of hydrocarbons from production sites to market. These dedications involve the...more

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Mineral Lessee’s H2S Damage Claim Rejected

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Landowner and mineral owner (that includes you, lessee): Under ETC Texas Pipeline, Ltd. v. Ageron Energy, LLC, your right to sue for damages for tort or trespass could pass into history before you even know you have a claim....more

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From Exploration to Operations: Canada's Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act and Considerations

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By now, most Canadian mining companies ought to be aware of the Fighting Against Forced Labour and Child Labour in Supply Chains Act (the Act) which came into force on January 1, 2024. The Act imposes a reporting obligation...more

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Min Ambiente fija criterios para declarar reservas temporales en el sector minero colombiano

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El Ministerio de Ambiente y Desarrollo Sostenible (Min Ambiente) de Colombia expidió el Decreto 044 del 30 de enero de 2024, mediante el cual estableció los criterios bajo los cuales, la autoridad ambiental podrá declarar...more

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Namibia Establishes New Oil and Mining Licensing System

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The Namibian government established a new licensing system for the oil and mining sectors, in order to address a backlog of applications which had developed over recent years. In this Legal Update, we examine some provisions...more

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Is a Merger a “Transfer of Leases”?

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In Texas, no. Read on to learn why. In Nortex Minerals LP v. Blackbeard Operating LLC et al, the question was the meaning of this limited assignment provision in the “Alliance Leases”, oil and gas leases covering 27,000 acres...more

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Eye on Critical Minerals - January 2024

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Welcome to Mayer Brown’s Critical Minerals Newsletter which focuses on some of the key legal issues and developments that have been affecting the sector over recent months....more

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Ministerio de Minas y Energía de Colombia emite reglamentación sobre hidrógeno blanco

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A través del Decreto 2335 de 2023, el Ministerio de Minas y Energía de Colombia (MME), expidió regulación referente a la exploración y explotación del hidrógeno blanco como Fuentes no Convencionales de Energía Renovables...more

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La Agencia Nacional de Minería (ANM) determinó minerales de interés estratégico para Colombia

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La Agencia Nacional de Minería (ANM) expidió la Resolución 1006 del 30 de noviembre de 2023, en la cual declaró 19 minerales de interés estratégico para Colombia. Con base en el Artículo 108 de la Ley 1450 de 2011, se otorgó...more

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Overview of laws applicable to mining activity

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Unlike other jurisdictions, such as the US and Angola, the UK does not have a single mining / mineral code or legislative framework. Instead, different laws and regulations apply according to the mineral type and the nature...more

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Gobierno presenta proyecto de ley que crea Empresa Colombiana de Minerales - Ecominerales

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El Ministerio de Minas y Energía publicó el proyecto de ley que crea la Empresa Colombiana de Minerales - Ecominerales, como una empresa industrial y comercial del Estado de Colombia, vinculada al Ministerio de Minas y...more

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Redesigning British Columbia's Mineral Exploration System

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On September 26, 2023, the British Columbia Supreme Court issued a ruling in Gitxaala v. British Columbia (Chief Gold Commissioner) that will affect the future of mining in British Columbia. In this case, the court found the...more

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