Environmental Group Sues Interior Over Wyoming Coal Leasing

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – (AP) An environmental group is suing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to try to get the government to increase its regulation of mining in the nation's top coal-producing region. The lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians in U.S. District Court in Denver on Tuesday also seeks to...

Jones Walker Expands Energy Industry Team

HOUSTON — Jones Walker has named Michael B. Donald, a partner in the firm's Houston office, and Marjorie A. McKeithen, of counsel in the firm's New Orleans office, co-chairs of the Energy Industry Team. The firm has combined attorneys from a number of practice areas who serve energy...

Potash Files Lawsuit Against BHP Billiton

TORONTO - (AP) Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan asked a U.S. court on Wednesday to block a US$39 billion hostile takeover by BHP Billiton on the grounds BHP has made "false statements and half-truths" in an effort to manipulate the perceived value of the Canadian company. Australia's BHP Billiton...

For Hundreds, Lawsuit Over Coal Slurry Unresolved

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - (AP) Eighteen months ago, Christina Doyle packed up her two kids for an eight-hour journey to a West Virginia courthouse, hoping for some resolution to a lawsuit o ver water pollution she believes caused her daughter's learning disabilities and slow growth. This weekend, the 32...

Tough Mining Law Survives Court Test In Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (AP) Federal regulators have used an enforcement provision of the 33-year-old mine safety law for the first time to win a legal battle involving a troubled Kentucky mine owned by Massey Energy Co. Mine safety experts say the case demonstrates to the mining industry that the law can...

Native American Groups Sue To Stop Solar Projects

BLYTHE, Calif. - (AP) Native Americans are clashing with the federal government over plans to fast-track approval and construction of massive solar energy projects that the Indians fear will harm sacred and culturally significant sites in Western deserts. Recent lawsuits by two native groups pose a threat...

Massey Faces More Lawsuits From West Virginia Explosion

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - (AP) Massey Energy Co. says it is facing more lawsuits filed by miners and the families of miners killed in the Upper Big Branch mine explosion last year. The Richmond, Va.-based mining company said in a regulatory filing Tuesday that the number of wrongful death suits has risen....

Mining Company To Pay $263 Million To Settle Superfund Lawsuit

SPOKANE, Wash. - (AP) The largest mining company in Idaho's Silver Valley will pay $263.4 million plus interest to settle one of the nation's largest Superfund lawsuits one of the top 10 such settlements in history, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday. The U.S. Department of...

Massey Energy Derivative Litigation: Remembering Who The Real Victims Are

David Marcus of The Deal discusses an important footnote in Vice Chancellor Strine's opinion in the recent Massey derivative litigation. During oral argument, I pointed out that Strine referred to Massey shareholders as the least sympathetic victims in response to plaintiff's arguments that...

Lawsuit Filing Seeks To Overturn SEC Rules Over 'Conflict Minerals'

The National Association of Manufacturers and the US Chamber of Commerce have filed a lawsuit with the goal of reversing the SEC rules implemented in August, under the Dodd-Frank Act of 2011, requiring disclosure of "conflict minerals." The rules go into effect in 2014. Dodd-Frank enacted...

Miner Battles Forest Service’s Attempt to Moot Lawsuit

DENVER - A Colorado man who owns 10 valuable mining claims in the White River National Forest in north-central Colorado on June 19 filed legal documents to resist an attempt by the federal government to dismiss his lawsuit in federal district court challenging the refusal of the U.S. Forest Service to...

Miners Seek Final Judgment on Withdrawal Law

DENVER - A 117-year-old nonprofit, non-partisan mining trade association with thousands of members, which had argued that a federal law used to lock-up a million acres of federal land in northwestern Arizona is unconstitutional, on June 12 sought final judgment from an Arizona federal district court...