Representation through Opportunities & Challenges Facing Extractive Industry Clients
Marten has substantive knowledge and long-standing relationships with federal and state regulators in the environmental and natural resources arena. These help us efficiently address the range of environmental policy, regulatory, compliance, tribal, and business issues affecting mining operators and investors, whether large or small, anywhere in the country. Given the capital investment necessary to develop and drive mining sites to profitability, even a small delay acquiring necessary permits, or a minor regulatory shift that forces internal procedures to change, can dramatically affect a company’s finances. Follow-on citizen suits and associated media scrutiny and political pressure from advocacy groups must also be effectively managed.
Marten’s natural resources experts manage and mitigate these risks, counseling on agency engagement, compliance assurance, tribal outreach, litigation strategy, and rulemaking, addressing upstream issues such as obtaining and managing the rights to mine on federal lands, environmental permitting, royalty obligations, and downstream matters such as air, water, and waste from processing and smelting operations, as well as site remediation negotiations, cross-sector challenges, competition from renewables, and others.