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Mongolia: Issuance of Mining Licenses Temporarily Suspended Pending Adoption of New Law

(May 18, 2010) It was reported on May 10, 2010, that Mongolia's National Security Council had the previous week partially amended President Ts. Elbegdorj's April 20, 2010, order temporarily suspending all transactions involving mining licenses. Although new licenses still cannot be issued, the NSC order of amendment allows licenses to be transferred from one owner […]

Ireland: New Law to Promote Safety in Offshore Drilling

(Apr. 22, 2010) Ireland's Parliament (the Oireachtas) has recently enacted a new Petroleum (Exploration and Extraction) Safety Act, Act 4/2010 (Ir.). The Act has not yet been published in the Irish Statute Book (it would have been available through the online version of the Statute Book, at (last visited Apr. 20, 2010)), but the […]

South Africa: Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act of 2008 to Be Implemented

(Feb. 19, 2010) It was reported on February 18, 2010, that the 2008 Mineral and Petroleum Resources Royalty Act of South Africa, is to take effect on March 1 of this year. (Bheki Mpofu, Mining Royalties Law Takes Effect on March 1, BUSINESSDAY, Feb. 18, 2010, available at The Act was enacted on November […]

Mongolia: Law Bans Mining Near Water Sources

(Aug. 4, 2009) It was reported on July 21, 2009, that the Mongolian Parliament had passed a law to prohibit mining exploration in forest areas and in areas adjoining river basins. Studies have reportedly shown that in the last decade nearly 1,200 lakes and almost 2,800 streams and rivers have dried up in the aftermath […]

Sierra Leone: New Draft Mining Law to Increase Government Revenues, Decrease Child Recruitment

(June 25, 2009) It was reported on June 18, 2009, that a draft mining law seeking to increase government revenue from mining activities and to regulate the involvement of children in mining will soon be introduced in Sierre Leone's Parliament. (Ibrahim Tarawallie, 2009 Draft Mining Act Reviewed, CONCORD TIMES, June 18, 2009, available at […]

Ghana: New Bill Regulating Bauxite Draws Criticism

(Dec. 18, 2008) It was reported on December 15, 2008, that a new bill, the Aluminum Authority and Integrated Aluminum Industry Bill, now being considered by the Parliament of Ghana, is drawing heavy criticism. The bill is designed to establish an authority with regulatory and commercial functions over the aluminum industry. If this bill becomes […]