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Chile Getting Ready to Supply Minerals for the Upcoming Electric Car Industry: What’s Next for Cobalt

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In an interview on 27 August, 2017, the Executive Vice-President of Chile’s Corporation for the Promotion of Production (“CORFO”), Eduardo Bitran, announced that CORFO and the National Service of Geology and Mining (“Sernageomin”) are conducting surveys in the La Cobaltera area in Chile’s Atacama region in search for cobalt deposits. Cobalt deposits are also known to exist in the Coquimbo region.[1]

Bitran cited CORFO’s expectations that cobalt demand should considerably increase in upcoming years, and noted Chile’s potential for developing this mineral: “If we were to produce 15,000 annual tons of cobalt by 2035, we … Continue Reading

New China Guidelines on Overseas Investments Encouraging for the Natural Resources Sector

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On August 17, 2017, China’s NDRC, Ministry of Commerce, the People’s Bank of China and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs jointly released their Opinions on Further Guiding and Regulating the Directions of Overseas Investments (the “Guidelines”).  The stated objectives of the Guidelines are to improve the macro guidance on overseas investments, further guide and regulate the directions of overseas investments, promote the sustainable, rational, orderly and healthy development of overseas investments, effectively prevent all types of risks and properly meet the needs of national economic and social development.

The Guidelines are encouraging for China’s continued overseas investment in the natural … Continue Reading

A Mining Claim is not an “Interest in Land” – Ontario Court Dismisses Expropriation Claim

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In the decision of 1520658 Ontario Inc. v. Her Majesty the Queen, 2017 ONSC 4141 released earlier this month, Justice Goldstein of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice determined that a mining claim is not an equitable interest in land under the Ontario Expropriations Act.

This decision lays out the framework for the analysis of determining the definition of land, specifically the interplay between the Mining Act and the Expropriations Act, and may have broader implications for the mining and excavation industries as a whole.… Continue Reading

Mining in Latin America: An Overview of Mining Law in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru

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The article “Mining in Latin America: An Overview of Mining Law in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru” by Frederico Marques and Etienne Ravilet Guzman (available here) offers an in depth analysis of the regulatory framework for investment and development of mineral exploration and mining projects in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru. The goal is to provide stakeholders with a broad understanding of the suitability of these Latin American jurisdictions for mineral exploration and mining projects. It will also assist Canadian and international companies, as well as policy makers, to navigate contemporary challenges in the sector and at the same … Continue Reading