Defense of Mine Subsidence Damage Claims
Successfully defended numerous claims against various underground mine operators who were alleged to have caused subsidence damage to property/structures or water supplies owned by overlying surface owners. Matters involved developing complex expert reports/testimony relating to mine subsidence causation/impacts and sophisticated cross-examination of geo-technical and hydro-geological experts retained by plaintiffs.
Mining Rights Enforcement
Represented client in injunction actions to enforce its rights to make reasonable use of overlying surface to further its coal mining operations. Matters involved filing for preliminary injunctive relief which resulted in client successfully obtaining access to properties in accordance with its mining rights.
State Coal-Non-Coal Mine Permitting (Pennsylvania)
Represented numerous clients in connection with securing the necessary permits (coal mining, non-coal mining, NPDES, air quality, Army Corps 404 approvals, etc.) to open and conduct coal and non-coal mining operations throughout Pennsylvania.