Although domestic production of coal and its share of U.S. electricity generation are on the decline, the future of American metals mining and the demand for coal exports is very robust. Our attorneys keep pace with issues surrounding the evolution of the mining and coal industries to meet the needs of domestic producers and help clients discover new opportunities, both domestically and globally.
Clients trust Husch Blackwell’s Mining & Minerals team to assist with a variety of matters, including:
The deep industry experience of our team informs our advice on legal issues surrounding the environmental impacts of mining. Among our ranks are former practitioners with the U.S. Department of Justice. We also have former Monsanto Company senior environmental attorneys and a former Monsanto environmental engineer on our team, each with more than 25 years of environmental management and litigation experience. We assist clients in obtaining and defending Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (SMCRA) and other environmental permits and additional compliance and permitting activities; defending regulatory enforcement actions under SMCRA and other environmental laws; and defending private party claims of property damage, personal injury, nuisance and other torts allegedly caused by mining operations.
Labor, Safety and Health Issues
We counsel clients regarding Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) matters and have developed a rapid response plan to ensure OSHA citation issues requiring immediate action are managed effectively and expeditiously. In addition, we represent clients throughout the country before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (and equivalent state tribunals) and the Mine Safety and Health Review Commission when litigation becomes necessary. Our experience includes defense of several hundred federal black lung claims.
Corporate, Real Estate, Technology and Development Needs
Mining clients enlist our help with advising on a broad array of procurement, services, sales and other contracting processes in support of their mining operations. We manage mergers, acquisitions and other financing transactions for surface and underground mining operations, and are actively involved in projects intended to create growth and financial success. Clients also benefit from our experience with property acquisition and development on public lands.
Clean Coal and the Future of Mining
Our attorneys represent some of the most innovative emerging technology companies in the clean coal sector. Recent work includes advising on a first-of-its-kind, near-zero emissions commercial-scale coal-fired power plant being developed in Illinois. Clients include the developer of a first-of-its-kind coal mine methane gas recovery system and carbon offset verification program.