mining law

Mining, regardless of the method (surface or underground) or the resource (metals, coal, or other minerals), involves the separation of a geological strata or valuable ore from the earth. In all of its forms, mining requires extensive capital and specialized machines and labor forces. Because mining frequently occurs over large geographic areas it can alter the hydrogeology and landscape of the area in which it occurs. As a consequence, there is a large body of common law and many statutory programs that define the property rights of persons engaged in mining, and control the environmental effects and safety practices of mining.

Updated: June 8, 2019 — 11:40 pm

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