Mining, Oil, and Gas

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Navigating the laws and regulations of the mining industry can be challenging, even to the most experienced businesses and individuals. An experienced legal partner can handle the complex and technical aspects of hard rock and aggregate mining, saving you and your company time and resources. As a full-service law firm, our mining lawyers work closely with our other practice groups to regularly assist mining companies and associates with all their mining and business needs.


Our practice also includes providing legal support to companies and persons in the oil and gas industry.  Like mining, the oil and gas industry faces overlapping federal, state, and local regulatory regimes, leading to complex permitting and compliance requirements.  Our lawyers have the experience to help companies involved in the oil and gas industry navigate these complex regimes, allowing them to focus on their core business with the confidence that their legal needs are being met by an experienced partner in Dickinson Wright. 


Our Services


  • Obtaining and defending land and mineral rights

  • Obtaining and maintaining leases on state and federal land

  • Complying with state and federal environmental laws, including the CWA, NEPA, ESA, Section 106, and reclamation laws

  • Workplace safety and regulatory compliance

  • Conducting due diligence investigations in connection with the acquisition, disposition, and merger of assets and companies

  • Title examinations

  • Native American Law

  • Water supply and quality

  • Air quality, including compliance with the Clean Air Act

  • Negotiating contracts, royalties, leases, and other agreements between private parties

  • Litigation in connection with the foregoing in front of administrative, state, and federal tribunals

Representative Case Matters


Represented mining trade associate in state and local regulatory rulemakings regarding air quality, water quality, and reclamation.


Coordinated review of land positions, mineral title, corporate structure, water availability, and permitting status and compliance for various mining projects.


Represented mining company in trial in Federal District Court in case involving competing possessory mining claims.


Provided legal advice in connection with oil and gas leases in Colorado and Texas.


Represented mineral estate holder in litigation with surface estate holders to determine respective rights for reservations encompassing tens of thousands of acres.


Provided legal advice in connection with multiple air quality enforcement actions in Colorado related to coal mining facilities.


Provided due diligence support in connection with acquisitions and dispositions of natural gas and biogas facilities.


Obtained and defended environmental permits for mining projects in state and federal administrative and judicial proceedings


Defended client in proceeding with state mine reclamation agency over respective obligations of owner and former operators.


Represented mining company to ensure access across tribal lands.

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