Mining

Mining

Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Johnson provides land use, environmental, transactional and litigation counsel to the mining industry across California.  Firm attorneys are recognized leaders in this field, and write and speak extensively on legal issues that impact all aspects of the mining industry.  The firm is located in Sacramento and maintains close working relationships with key regulators.

We advise and represent our clients in the following areas, among others:

  • Mineral property title review and due diligence, for private property, federal and state lands including patented and unpatented mining claims, and split estates
  • Mineral lease preparation and litigation
  • Vested mining rights investigation, establishment and litigation
  • Permitting strategy and legal review for greenfield projects and expansions on private lands (including hardrock, alluvial, terrace, and instream operations)
  • Permitting strategy and legal review on federal lands and lands with split mineral estates, and representation before the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management
  • CEQA and NEPA strategy and scoping, environmental document review, administrative hearings, and litigation
  • Cultural resources and tribal lands evaluations and consultations under CEQA and the National Historic Preservation Act
  • Wetlands permitting and representation before the Army Corps of Engineers
  • Air permitting and representation before local air districts
  • Permitting and compliance under the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Act and federal Clean Water Acts, including Waste Discharge Requirements permitting and SWPPP counsel
  • Endangered species permitting and impact mitigation
  • SMARA compliance, including reclamation plan review and representation before the Department of Conservation and State Mining and Geology Board, administrative hearings, and litigation
  • AB 3098 List placement and representation
  • Regulatory defense, including representation before Regional Water Boards, Air Districts, California Fish & Wildlife Service, California Coastal Commission, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. EPA, and other agencies
  • MSHA counsel and litigation
  • Mine closure, final reclamation and financial assurances release
  • Land use development strategy and permitting for secondary land use

In all areas, the firm (1) assists clients in formulating legal strategy; (2) counsels clients in strategy implementation; and, when necessary, (3) represents clients in litigation.  The firm strives to provide clients with clear, decisive, and cost-effective legal strategies.