Here Stoel Rives shares insight and analysis about key mineral law developments. Drawing on a very active natural resources practice, we aim to keep readers informed about the legal aspects of news that impacts exploration and development of all things mineral. Ranging across a broad spectrum of federal, state, and local laws, our blog authors deliver information industry participants need to know in a professional and concise style.

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Jon Iversen is a partner based in Stoel Rives’ Alaska office who provides tax planning and tax structuring advice and represents clients in tax audits and appeals. One of the most highly rated attorneys in the state in his field, Jon has extensive experience counseling clients on state and local tax audits and appeals, incentives, and financing associated with Alaska’s oil and gas production tax credits. Jon also counsels national and international companies regarding economic development opportunities in the region, including unique issues presented by the Arctic.

Veronica Keithley specializes in helping clients wade through the murky waters of environmental regulation for NPDES permitting, water quality, stormwater, wastewater, and wetlands. Having extensive skills in finding practical legal solutions to complex environmental matters, she advises clients on environmental permitting and regulatory compliance, and defends clients in enforcement proceedings and litigation, including citizen suits under the Clean Water Act.

Eric Martin‘s practice focuses on transactions and development of subsurface natural resources and renewable fuels, such as renewable natural gas (RNG). He helps clients buy, lease, and sell subsurface natural resources; develop renewable fuel projects; obtain financing; permit projects at the federal, state, and local levels; and resolve disputes.

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Mike Mills is a partner and chair of the firm’s Oil & Gas, Pipelines and Mining Industry Team.  Oil & gas, as well as mining companies, look to Mike to skillfully advise them on natural resources development issues, counsel them on federal and state hazardous waste cleanup matters, and help them successfully navigate property tax valuation disputes.

Willa Perlmutter has more than 30 years of experience as a litigator, focusing for the last 20 on defending mine operators across all sectors of the industry in administrative enforcement proceedings brought by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for alleged violations of the Mine Act.

Andrew Pieper is an experienced trial attorney who applies his skills no matter how a dispute arises, whether in business, commerce, land use, natural resources, employment, bankruptcy, intellectual property, or other areas. When multinational corporations, small businesses, or individuals in a variety of industries find themselves facing intractable legal disputes, they turn to Andy to develop and execute cost-effective trial strategies that leverage his client’s strengths to achieve the best possible results. Minnesota Super Lawyers® has identified Andy as a Rising Star in each of the past four years.

Allison Smith focuses her practice in environmental and energy law. Her experience includes CEQA and land use litigation, conducting environmental due diligence, and permitting solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and gas-fired energy facilities. Allison also counsels companies on federal and state air quality and greenhouse gas regulations.

Ryan Steen focuses his practice on environmental litigation and regulatory counseling and has extensive experience litigating high-stakes natural resources disputes, particularly those involving claims asserted under the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.