Natural Resources & Mining

Natural Resources & Mining

Important news for mining companies with existing or future projects in the California desert

BLM releases maps showing 1.3 million acres of proposed mining withdrawal On January 13, 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) released maps showing the areas that BLM, on December 28, 2016, proposed to withdraw from mining. The withdrawal is designed to “protect nationally significant landscapes with outstanding cultural, biological, and scientific values” and […]

Natural Resources & Mining

Ninth Circuit Ruling in Center for Biological Diversity v. Salazar Creates Tension Between Federal and California Law Regarding Idle Mines and Interim Management Plans

As reported earlier this week in the California Land Use Blog, the recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Center for Biological Diversity v. Salazar allowed a uranium mine on federal lands in Arizona to re-open after being idled for seventeen years absent any new federal approval or supplemental environmental review. This decision is […]

Environmental, Government, Land Use and Natural Resources & Mining

Mining lawyer: California’s SB 108 enacts new legislation pertaining to "idle" mines and addresses some of the problems existing in SMARA’s idle mine provisions, including interim management plans

Mining lawyer: California’s SB 108 enacts new legislation pertaining to “idle” mines and addresses some of the problems existing in SMARA’s idle mine provisions, including interim management plans Kerry Shapiro’s paper on California SB 108, which changes provisions in the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (SMARA) pertaining to “idle” mines, was first presented […]

Land Use and Natural Resources & Mining

JMBM Development Rights: JMBM Lawyer Wins Attorneys’ Fees for Client in CEQA Lawsuit Defense

On November 14, 2008, federal court Judge A. Howard Matz of the United States District Court, Central District of California, awarded JMBM’s client, CEMEX, the full amount of attorneys’ fees requested for its defense of a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuit. The attorneys’ fees were incurred in the last round of litigation involving actions […]