Topic: Minerals

Court Upholds SEC Conflict Minerals Rule – First Reports Due in Less Than A Year

“[The] rule […] will require about 6,000 publicly traded companies to report whether their products contain four so-called conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where warlords use proceeds from the mineral sales to finance murder, rape and torture.” (The National Law Journal) On July 23, 2013, a federal court rejected a challenge… Read more »

Natural Gas a Mineral? Not in Pennsylvania… (And Other Fracking Law News)

Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that Marcellus shale gas is not a “mineral,” and that subsequently private deeds in the state that make reference to mineral rights do not encompass natural gas rights. Levi Jones of law firm Schnader explains: “The Court reaffirmed the ‘Dunham Rule,’ which applies the common, layperson understanding… Read more »