Mining Law

Demetras & O’Neill has a thriving minerals practice that includes representation and other legal services in the areas of administrative and regulatory matters; mergers and acquisitions; claim staking and location; leasing, joint ventures, and like-kind exchanges of mineral properties; mineral patenting and permits; and royalty dispute resolution.

Demetras & O’Neill can provide assistance in all aspects of the mining application and permitting process including, but not limited to:

  • Initial mining application
  • Mine registry
  • Plan of Operations
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requirements, quarterly reports, disputing citations
  • Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Environmental Assessment Report
  • Road access on BLM lands
  • Reclamation Bond calculations
  • Permitting Process–original applications, renewals, and quarterly/annual reports (as required) for the following permits:
  • Air Quality Operating Report
  • Water Pollution Control Permit
  • Groundwater Permit
  • Mining Reclamation Permit
  • Hazardous Materials Permit
  • Stormwater General Permit
  • Industrial Artificial Pond Permit
  • County Special Use Permits
  • Annual Status and Production Reports
  • Closing/ending mining operations (either temporary or permanent)