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Indonesia: Proposal to Reduce Limits on Logging

(Dec. 26, 2013) According to news reports, Indonesia is proposing to resume exports of logs from productive forests. This would reverse a ban on such sales that has been in place for 12 years. The Forestry Ministry plan would allow exports from community plantation forests or industrial forest concessions, as long as the businesses involved […]

Denmark; Greenland: Greenland Votes to Lift Uranium Mining Ban; Considers Independence

(Nov. 18, 2013) On October 24, 2013, in a close vote, Greenland’s legislature, the Inatsisartut (Parliament), overturned a 1988 ban on the mining of radioactive materials. The 15-14 vote will permit uranium, thorium, and rare earth deposits, among other materials, to be mined in Greenland. Denmark’s legislature will also have to approve the cancelling of […]

Brazil: National Contingency Plan for Oil Pollution Incidents

(Oct. 30, 2013) On October 22, 2013, Brazil enacted Decree No. 8,127 (Decreto No. 8.127, de 22 de Outubro de 2013, PLANATO.GOV.BR), which launches a National Contingency Plan for oil pollution incidents in waters under national jurisdiction (Plano Nacional de Contingência para Incidentes de Poluição por Óleo em Águas sob Jurisdição Nacional – PNC). The […]

Indonesia: Regulation Mandates Proportion of Biodiesel in Diesel Fuel

(Sept. 30, 2013) Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, in late August 2013, adopted a regulation that will require companies that sell diesel fuel in the country to include at least 10% biodiesel in their fuel mixes. The requirement must be met by January 2014. This regulation replaces one adopted in 2008 that had […]

European Union: European Parliament Committee Approves Legislation Requiring Mineral and Oil Companies to Disclose Payments to Governments

(June 7, 2013) The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has endorsed draft legislation that requires companies involved in gas, oil, and mineral extraction as well as logging, to provide full disclosure of payments made to national governments. (Press Release, MEPS Back Deal Forcing Oil and Mineral Firms to Disclose Payments to Governments (May […]

Indonesia: Forest Rights of Indigenous Peoples Affirmed

(June 3, 2013) On May 16, 2013, the Constitutional Court of Indonesia gave indigenous people the right to manage the forests in which they live. It has been reported that this decision will block the government from selling such lands to private businesses. (Indonesia Court Ruling Boosts Indigenous Land Rights, JAKARTA GLOBE (May 17, 2013); […]

Indonesia: Provinces Gain Authority over Mining, Forestry, and Plantation Concessions

(Apr. 8, 2013) On April 1, 2013, Indonesia’s Home Affairs Minister, Gamawan Fauzi, said that the government’s plan to transfer authority over some kinds of concessions from cities and districts to the provinces will make it easier for the central government to monitor the concessions and avoid abuse. He said that the concessions “should be […]

Brazil: Congress Rejects Presidential Vetoes to Petroleum Royalties Law

(Mar. 11, 2013) On March 7, 2013, the Brazilian Congress rejected the vetoes by President Dilma Roussef on November 30, 2012, of parts of a law that redefined the distribution of petroleum royalties in Brazil (Lei No. 12,734, de 30 de Novembro de 2012, PLANALTO.GOV.BR). (Danilo Fariello & Fernanda Krakovics, Congresso Derruba Veto de Dilma […]

Brazil: New Petroleum Royalties Law Promulgated

(Dec. 10, 2012) On November 30, 2012, a new law defining the distribution of petroleum royalties to states, the Federal District, and municipalities was promulgated in <?Brazil (Lei No. 12,734, de 30 de Novembro de 2012, PLANALTO.GOV.BR). President Dilma Roussef, however, vetoed an article in the law that would have redistributed the royalties of oil […]

Indonesia: Oil and Gas Law to Be Revised

(Nov. 28, 2012) Indonesia’s Deputy Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, Rudi Rubiandini, announced in mid-November 2012 that it will be necessary for the country to revise its law on oil and gas in order to implement a November 13 Constitutional Court ruling and to reduce uncertainty connected to oil and gas investment in Indonesia. […]