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|Mine Safety Agency Issues Alert for Water-Related Fatalities|
Carla J. Gunnin; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
September 28, 2016, previously published on September 22, 2016Working around, over, or near water is a safety hazard that may result in entrapment and drowning, the Mining Safety and Health Administration has warned in a hazard alert.
|Ohio Supreme Court Decides Three Critical Dormant Mineral Cases|
Christopher William Capcara, Jeffrey R. Huntsberger, Jason M. Klein, William S. McCoy, Michael W. Wise; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
September 27, 2016, previously published on September 16, 2016The Supreme Court of Ohio rendered three important decisions yesterday regarding the interpretation of Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act, with significant implications for landowners and owners of mineral rights involving the Utica Shale.
|Supreme Court of Ohio: 1989 Ohio Dormant Mineral Act was Not Self-Executing|
Shana Smith; Leech Tishman;
September 23, 2016, previously published on September 16, 2016On September 15, 2016, the Supreme Court of Ohio issued opinions on three cases addressing the Ohio Dormant Mineral Act, O.R.C. 5301.56 (“ODMA”) and subsequently applied the decisions to dispense with ten additional cases. Of particular importance is the Court’s ruling in Corban...
|41% Increase in Citations to Mine Operators|
Joseph S. Dreesen; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
September 21, 2016, previously published on September 14, 2016Special impact inspections in July that covered 13 states resulted in 161 citations, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced. This is a 41-percent increase from the 114 citations issued the previous month.
|Lumber War May Be Imminent|
Mark D. Herlach, Gregory S. Kaufman, Allison E. Speaker, Ryan R. Weiss; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
September 16, 2016, previously published on September 16, 2016Negotiations to keep the peace in the complex and long-running international trade dispute between the United States and Canada over U.S. imports of Canadian softwood lumber appear to have stalled. Parties on both sides of the border are preparing for another round of import relief actions, which...
|Louisiana Attorney General Publishes Consumer Tips Guide for Flood Victims|
Taylor Porter Brooks Phillips L.L.P.;
September 16, 2016, previously published on September 12, 2016Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has released a comprehensive guide for flood disaster victims, "Consumer Tips for Natural Disaster Victims," to help protect Louisiana citizens from becoming victims of fraud, scams, or price gouging before, during and after natural disasters.
|Oregon OSHA's Proposed Silica Rules Comment Period Comes to a Close|
Dinah L. Choi; Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.;
September 15, 2016, previously published on September 13, 2016On September 16, 2016, the period for public comment on Oregon OSHA’s proposed rules for respirable crystalline silica closes, and Oregon OSHA is expected to adopt the proposed rules by September 25, 2016. The proposed rules will keep Oregon OSHA in harmony with the federal Occupational...
|Mine Safety Agency Extends Comment Period on Controlling, Monitoring Diesel Exhaust Request for Information|
Carla J. Gunnin; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
September 14, 2016, previously published on September 8, 2016The public will have until November 30, 2016, to submit comments on the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Request for Information on the agency’s strategies for controlling and monitoring exposure of underground miners to diesel exhaust.
|Specific Issues Impacting Oil and Gas Bankruptcy Cases|
Scott N. Opincar; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 31, 2016, previously published on June 29, 2016Despite the 80 percent increase in oil prices since February of this year to around $48.85 a barrel as of June 24, 2016, oil companies continue to face diminished cash flows and substantial debt. According to recent reports, around 39 producers have filed for bankruptcy protection in 2016 and...
|Clarification of Nuisance: An Amorphous Legal Concept, Referred to as Law’s “Garbage Can”|
Joseph Michael Muska; McDonald Hopkins LLC;
August 31, 2016, previously published on July 1, 2016In June 2016, the Texas Supreme Court clarified the concept of “nuisance” under Texas law. The Court’s opinion will help lawyers, businesses, and individuals understand what constitutes a “nuisance,” which has been referred to as the law’s “garbage...