In an article written for Law360, Goldberg Segalla’s Rosemarie C. Hebner explored the contentious space of mining in the United States, specifically delving into the motivations of companies looking to develop domestic energy sources and raw materials as well as the concerns of their opposition.
Rosemarie, a member of the firm’s Toxic Tort and Environmental Law groups, discussed the increased demand for lithium and proposed mining facilities of the material in Texas, California, and North Carolina, proposed resurgence of gold mining in California, and uranium mining in Arizona. Further, she explained the concerns of those opposed to the mining, who cited environmental risks, traffic issues, health concerns, disruptions of landscapes, and more as causes for concern.
“The renaissance of mining represents the perfect paradox for environmentalists. On one hand, a renewed focus and return to mineral mining will likely affect sensitive communities and ecosystems. Conversely, the U.S. must have sources for minerals such as lithium for its energy transition, in order to combat climate change,” Rosemarie concluded. “The government, the regulated community, and environmentalists need to confront the realities of the energy transition and recognize that it is not always a zero-sum game in an effort to resolve this conundrum.”
“Prospects Are Mixed for a New US Mining Boom,” Law360, August 23, 2022
Rosemarie C. Hebner counsels and defends clients in mass tort, toxic tort, and environmental litigation in courts throughout New Jersey and New York. Her background includes litigating cases from inception to resolution in the areas of general liability, premises liability, construction defect, property damage, wrongful death, toxic torts, and environmental hazards. Before entering private practice, Rosemarie worked as in-house counsel for a prominent New York-based Fortune 500 manufacturing company, where she managed corporate litigation issues for its diverse national docket and class-action claims on behalf of the company and its various subsidiaries.