Competences Mining and commodities
As a country rich in raw materials, Germany has a centuries-old mining tradition. The hard coal mining industry, which came to an end with the closure of the last hard coal mines in Germany in December 2018, shaped entire regions. Mineral resources that still play an important role for Germany as a business location include gravel and sand, clay, natural stone, slate, salt and of course lignite as well as natural gas, crude oil and geothermal energy.
We advise companies and mining authorities on all issues relating to the exploration, extraction and processing of mineral resources, such as mining permits and operating plans pursuant to the German Federal Mining Act as well as permits according to the excavation laws of the German States. In this context, our clients benefit particularly from our comprehensive expertise in the field of environmental law, since mining and excavation law issues are generally linked with waste law, water law, nature conservation law or immission control law. We also assist our clients in questions of planning and regional planning law as well as the proper design of mining land, land recycling and the development and implementation of sustainable and innovative reuse concepts.
On top of that, we can draw on years of experience in the management of post-mining impacts, ranging from the processing of civil liability for mining damage and mining-induced tremors to the demarcation of responsibilities relating to the regulatory control of risks that arise from current and former mining activities.