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Germany: Unconventional Fracking Prohibited

(Mar. 8, 2017) On February 11, 2017, an act to prohibit unconventional fracking entered into force in Germany. The Act forms part of a package of laws and regulations that regulate various aspects of fracking and related mining, water, and environmental law issues.  (Gesetz zur Änderung wasser- und naturschutzrechtlicher Vorschriften zur Untersagung und zur Risikominimierung […]

Indonesia: Revision of Mining Regulation

(Jan. 24, 2017) On January 11, 2017, Indonesia’s government issued a fourth revision to a government regulation of 2010 on the management of mineral and coal businesses. (Viriya P. Singgih, Indonesia Pledges Leeway for Obedient Miners, JAKARTA POST (Jan. 16, 2017); Implementation of Mineral and Coal Mining Business Activities, Government Regulation No. 23/2010 (the Regulation) […]

Mongolia: New Mining Law Being Drafted

(Jan. 17, 2017) Mongolia’s Ministry of Mining and Heavy Industry is working on new legislation on mining. The Mining Law now being drafted would regulate all aspects of mine businesses, from their establishment to closure. (Mongolia Considers New Mining Law, NEWS.MN (Jan. 4, 2017).) It thus reportedly would cover a wider range of topics than […]

Zambia: Parliament Makes Further Cuts to Royalty Rates on Production of Minerals

(May 23, 2016) On May 4, 2016, Zambia’s 158–member unicameral Parliament passed the Mines and Minerals Development (Amendment) Bill, 2016, to amend the Mines and Minerals Development Act 2015.  (Martine Chileshe, Zambia Mines and Mineral Development Act 2015 – Amendment, TAX NEWS SERVICE (June 30, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database.)  According to […]

Burundi: Mining Code Amendments Proposed

(May 12, 2016) On April 13, 2016, Burundi’s Council of Ministers adopted a draft law amending some provisions of the Mining Code, Law No. 1/21 of October 15, 2013. (Anapaula Trindade Marinho, Burundi: Amendments to Mining Code – Bill Adopted, TAX NEWS SERVICE (May 6, 2016), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database; Loi No. […]

Mongolia: Agenda for Autumn 2015 Session of Parliament

(Nov. 7, 2015) On September 20, 2015, the Chairman of the Great State Hural (Parliament), Zandaakhuu Enkhbold, gave a presentation on Mongolia’s economy to the American Chamber of Commerce in UlaanbaatarUlanbatar. Part of his remarks covered the fall agenda for the Great State Hural. Aside from what he termed “the usual suspects” – the 2016 […]

New Zealand: Ocean Sanctuary Announced

(Sept. 30, 2015) On September 28, 2015, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced that a new, fully-protected ocean sanctuary in the Kermadec region will be established by legislation to be enacted next year. The sanctuary will cover about 620,000 square kilometers (about 385,250 square miles) […]

United States: Appellate Court Reaffirms Decision that Conflict Minerals Rule Violates First Amendment

(Aug. 25, 2015) A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit recently reaffirmed its 2014 judgment that a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule requiring companies to publicly disclose that their products are not “conflict free” violates the First Amendment. (Nat’l Ass’n of Manufacturers v. SEC, No. 13-5252 (D.C. Cir. 2015) […]

Burkina Faso: New Mining Code Adopted

(July 21, 2015) Burkina Faso’s National Transitory Council (Conseil National de la Transition, CNT, the country’s interim parliament) adopted a new mining code on June 26, 2015, to replace the 2003 code. (Anapaula Trindade Marinho, Burkina Faso, New Mining Code Adopted, TAX NEWS SERVICE (July 14, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database; […]

Zambia: Mines and Minerals Bill and Related Income Tax Amendment Bill Tabled in Parliament

(July 8, 2015) On June 25, 2015, Zambia’s Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Development submitted the Mines and Minerals Development Bill, 2015 to the National Assembly (parliament) for a first reading. (Pamela Chitulang’oma, Zambia: Mines and Minerals Development Bill Presented to Parliament, TAX NEWS SERVICE (June 30, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online […]