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|Mandatory Reporting Standards for Payments by Extractive Industry Companies|
Dentons Canada LLP;
April 20, 2014, previously published on April 10, 2014The 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, and including Aboriginal entities. The proposed standards are...
|Province of Ontario and Matawa-Member First Nations Reach “Framework Agreement” in Ring of Fire|
Catherine Lyons; Goodmans LLP - Toronto;
April 8, 2014, previously published on March 27, 2014The nine Matawa-member First Nations and the Province of Ontario signed a “framework agreement” said to establish ground rules for negotiations between the Province and the Matawa-member First Nations to advance Ring of Fire opportunities.
|BHP Billiton Sells Navajo Mine Coal Company to Navajo Nation|
Modrall Sperling Roehl Harris Sisk P.A.;
March 28, 2014, previously published on March 25, 2014On December 30, 2013, working shoulder to shoulder with its client BHP Billiton New Mexico Coal, Inc. and co - counsel, Modrall Sperling completed a series of interrelated transactions between BHP Billiton New Mexico Coal, Inc. (BBNMC) and its subsidiaries and the Navajo Nation and Navajo...
|Substantial Rewriting of SMARA Proposed Bill Would Decrease Local Agencies' Role|
Fernando Avila; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
March 25, 2014, previously published on March 25, 2014Under 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 also place tighter and more expensive restrictions on the mining industry,...
|Conflict Minerals: The EU’s Proposal on Responsible Sourcing|
Madelein Perrick, Paulette Vander Schueren; Mayer Brown International LLP;
March 19, 2014, previously published on March 17, 2014In March 2014, the European Commission proposed a draft Regulation establishing an EU system of self-certification for EU importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold. The aim of the Regulation is to help reduce the financing of armed groups and security forces through mineral proceeds and to...
|Pa. Supreme Court's recent decision in Tooey v. AK Steel Corporation impacts asbestos litigation against employers|
Burns White LLC;
March 18, 2014On November 22, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down a ruling that dramatically impacts the nature of asbestos litigation against employers in the Commonwealth in Tooey v. AK Steel Corporation et al., No. 21 WAP 2011. In what has been called a landmark decision, the Supreme Court held...
|Gabon: le Conseil des ministres adopte un projet de loi portant réglementation du secteur minier|
Nady Mayifuila; Emery Mukendi Wafwana Associes;
March 13, 2014, previously published on June 24, 2013On April 4, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Gabon adopted a draft law regulating the mining sector, which aims to reform the mining sector of Gabon by introducing a new institutional, fiscal and technical framework
|An Uncertain Outlook - Quebec’s Mining Taxation Regime Continues to Perplex and Deter Investors in the Province|
Jean-Philippe Latreille, Emmanuel Sala; Lavery, de Billy, L.L.P.;
March 12, 2014, previously published on March 2014Once hailed as one of the most attractive jurisdictions for mining investment in the world, Quebec has suffered from changes to its taxation regime in recent years that have contributed to the province losing its investor appeal and dropping 11 places in the oft-watched Fraser Institute survey...
|Canadian Government Announces Framework and Deadline for Mandatory Payment Reporting by Mining and Oil and Gas Companies|
Graham Erion, John Munnis; Davis LLP;
March 6, 2014, previously published on March 3, 2014Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver announced today that the Canadian government will enact legislation by April 2015 to require mining and oil and gas companies to publicly report the payments they make to governments for resource projects on a project-by-project basis, unless...
|Noront Initiates Co-ordinated Environmental Assessment Review Process in the Ring of Fire|
Joseph Hoffman, Catherine Lyons, Grant McGlaughlin; Goodmans LLP - Toronto;
February 24, 2014, previously published on February 19, 2014Noront Resources Ltd. submitted a draft environmental assessment report (the “Report”) for its project located in Northern Ontario’s Ring of Fire (the “Eagles Nest Project”). The Report responds to a federal-provincial co-ordinated environmental assessment process,...