California mining counsel for equity investment in approximately 1,000-acre operating gold mine.
Permitting under local, state and federal laws for expansion and operational changes at an approximately 5,000-acre gold mine, including conditional use permits, SMARA compliance, Section 1602 streambed alteration agreement, Federal ESA Section 7 consultation, CESA Section 2081 Incidental Take Permit, BLM plan of operations and right-of-ways, and CEQA and NEPA compliance.
Land use permitting, EIR review, SMARA compliance and appeal to the State Mining and Geology Board for reclamation plan, and CEQA litigation for 100-year conditional use permit for a sand and gravel mine.
Mining lease negotiations for aggregate and metallic mineral mines throughout California.
Lead counsel in challenge to California mine’s removal from AB 3098 list for public contracts.
Advised multiple metallic mineral mines on compliance with California backfilling requirements and engaged with the Division of Mine Reclamation on interpretations related to exemptions for backfill requirements.
Represented a consortium of French banks in the negotiation and documentation of a $40 million project loan for development of the Sonora Gold Mine.