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Navigating the overlapping laws and regulations of the mining, oil, and gas industries can be challenging, even to the most experienced businesses and individuals. A seasoned legal partner can handle the complex and technical aspects of these fields, saving you and your company time and resources and allowing you to focus on your core business with the confidence that your legal needs are being met.

As a full-service law firm with attorneys across North America in key mining, oil, and gas locations including Toronto, Michigan, Ohio, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, and Texas, Dickinson Wright provides comprehensive services to assist mining, oil, and gas companies and associates with all their business needs.

Our Team

Members of our mining, oil, and gas practice team are regularly recognized by Super Lawyers®, Chambers®, and other leading evaluating organizations for their work. Additionally, they publish articles and lecture on current trends within the industry.

Our Services

Contracts, Agreements, and Titles: We negotiate, draft, and review a variety of contracts, royalties, leases, and other agreements for our clients, including:

  • Oil and gas interest contracts
  •  Access agreements
  • Mining and mineral title agreements
  •  Joint ventures and operating agreements
  • Mineral streaming agreements
  •  Pipeline and water supply agreements
  • Royalty agreements
  •  Trade and supply agreements
  • Drilling title opinions and contracts
  •  Title opinions
  • Pad site contracts
  •  Purchase agreements
  • Transportation and wastewater trucking contracts

Mergers and Acquisitions: From the early stages of initiating a transaction, through the intricacies of due diligence review and tax planning, to negotiating and closing the deal and implementing post-closing integration strategies, our experienced team supports our mining, gas, and oil clients throughout the entire M&A process.

Regulatory Matters: Our attorneys assist clients in evaluating potential regulatory risks so they can make informed business decisions before a problem arises. However, we also provide advice to protect our clients from liability for prior non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Our work includes:

• Permit development and review
• Statute review, summary, and guidance
• Legislation drafting and review
• Counsel regarding state and federal environmental laws, including the CWA, NEPA, ESA, Section 106, the Clean Air Act, and reclamation laws
• Workplace safety and regulatory compliance counsel
• Due diligence investigations
• Counsel regarding Native American Law compliance

Litigation: Our attorneys are experienced in litigating mining, oil, and gas matters from cleanup and cost recovery to personal injury to agency disputes ranging from large class actions to multi-party commercial matters to individual permit denials.

Representative Matters 

–Represented a national oil and gas producer in acquiring over 100,000 acres of leased/held by production lands through various transactions. 

–Advised numerous mining and oil and gas companies on various joint operating and joint development agreements.

–Represented an oil and gas services company in acquiring production and transportation facilities for multi-state use. 

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

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

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

–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. 

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

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

–Represented a mining company to ensure access across tribal lands. 

–Advised numerous oil and gas producers regarding Division Order payment issues and procedures. 
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