Course Number: 6780
Credit Hours & Type of Credit: 2
Semester Offered: Fall
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.
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