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Courses|College of Law

Mining Law

Course Number: 6780
Professor: Dennis C. Stickley
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 2
Semester Offered: Fall
Required: No
Prerequisites: Students must have completed their first year of law school.
Recommended Courses: None

Course Overview: Mining Law is offered for two hours of academic credit. The topics include an examination of the laws governing the exploration for and development of mineral resources under the federal 1872 Mining Act, the 1920 Mineral Leasing Act, the Geothermal Steam Act of 1970, the 1977 Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act and the Atomic Energy Act. The course will consider the interaction of federal and state laws and explore the integration of mineral resource allocation schemes and environmental permitting.

The mining industry has its own vocabulary. The material will be more understandable if the student is able to become familiar with the trade usage of unfamiliar terms. The Instructor will make a particular effort to see that these words and phrases are explained.

Course Materials: See the current Book List located under Courses and Curriculum.
Course Format: The course will start with an introduction to basic geologic concepts, mining techniques, and the anatomy of typical mining projects to set the foundation for the topics that follow. The program then will compare the underlying principles and approaches of Federal and State mining tenure systems. The order in which material will be discussed on each class date is contained in the course syllabus.
Written Assignments:
Type of Exam: Final exam
Basis for Grading Student Performance: Assessment will be by student contribution to a simulation on advising on the legal issues associated with mining operations in Wyoming for rare earth elements.
Other Comments: Several weeks prior to the end of the course, individual meetings will be scheduled with each student in order for the instructor to provide feedback on the course and in class performance.

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