Supreme Court Justices Ask Trump Administration to Weigh In on California Mining Prohibition

The U.S. Supreme Court is requesting that the Trump administration evaluate the extent to which states can prohibit mining activity on federal lands. Earlier this week, the Justices asked the acting solicitor general to weigh in on a case brought by a part-time prospector who hopes to knock down a specific California ban on a […]

President Trump’s Nominees for Interior and Energy Easily Approved By Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Secretary of the Interior nominee Ryan Zinke and Secretary of Energy nominee Rick Perry were approved by the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, paving the way for their confirmation by the full Senate. The committee approved Zinke by a 16-6 vote, and Perry by a 16-7 vote. Angering the Democrats on the Committee, […]

Mining Industry Prepares for Incoming Trump Administration

The mining industry is optimistic that the Trump administration will reduce regulatory burdens on mining and support efforts to open new mines. Several lawmakers have already introduced mining-related bills, and the American Exploration & Mining Association is working on a “wish list” of mining related asks for the incoming administration.  For example, the mining industry […]

Three Mitchell Chadwick Attorneys Named to Top Lawyers List

Three Mitchell Chadwick Attorneys Named to Top Lawyers List Braiden Chadwick, Pat Mitchell, and Clif McFarland have all been named to Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers list for 2016. From the article: Quality counts, especially when it comes to lawyers. So it makes sense that if you need one, you’ll want to choose one who’s at […]

Court of Appeal Upholds Mine’s Vested Right

Court of Appeal Upholds Santa Clara County’s Finding of Mine’s Legal Nonconforming Use Status In No Toxic Air, Inc. v. Santa Clara County, California’s Court of Appeal for the Sixth District upheld Santa Clara County’s finding that a mine in operation since 1903 was properly deemed a legal, nonconforming use. Lehigh Southwest Cement Company and […]

California Supreme Court Upholds Suction Mining Moratorium

California Supreme Court Upholds Suction Mining Moratorium On Monday, the California Supreme Court upheld California’s moratorium on suction dredging for gold. Suction dredging is a small-scale mining practice in which matter is removed from the bottom of waterways, minerals are extracted, and the residue is returned to the water. In 2009, the California state legislature […]

Alert: New Regulations and Permit Requirements for Wetlands and Waters of the State

State Water Resources Control Board: New Regulations and Permit Requirements for Wetlands and Waters of the State On June 17, 2016, the State Water Resources Control Board (“State Water Board”) proposed a regulatory and permitting framework for wetlands not otherwise covered by the federal Clean Water Act. The State Water Board had previously recognized that […]

Join Us At The 2016 Mining & Land Resources Institute

2016 Mining and Land Resources Institute Event Details / Conference Website HERE. Event type: Conference Date: March 10th and 11th Speaker: Braiden Chadwick and Chris Powell Topic: 2015-2016 Mining and Public Lands Update Venue: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Address: 3700 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502 Mitchell Chadwick LLP partner, G. Braiden Chadwick, will be speaking […]

Study: Unlocking America’s Energy Is The Best Economic Stimulus

Study: Unlocking America’s Energy Is The Best Economic Stimulus The Institute for Energy Research released a new study in December 2015 which considered the economic impacts of opening all federal lands and waters to oil and gas production. The report provides an update to a similar 2013 study in light of the current low price […]

Senators Propose Banning All Energy Production on Federal Lands

Senators Introduce “Keep it in the Ground Act of 2015,” a Bill Proposing to Ban Leases for Oil and Gas Drilling on Federal Property Two U.S. Senators introduced a bill on November 4, 2015 that would have wide-reaching ramifications on mining, and domestic energy production on federal lands. Senators Bernie Sanders and Jeff Merkley introduced the […]

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