Patrick G. Mitchell


Worked on numerous mining and public land projects over the years on issues such as mine permitting; due diligence review for mine purchases/sales; mining lease and sale agreements; mine title issues; hazardous materials and hazardous waste issues (business plans, and compliance); California Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) reclamation plans, permits, annual filings, compliance, and DOC appeal issues.

Also worked on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service plans of operation, final reclamation compliance, inspections, and annual filing requirements; road and utility rights-of-ways; State Lands Commission exploration permit and mining leases, school land issues and title settlement agreements; stream alteration (1603)/wetlands (404 and 401) permits; waste discharge requirements; endangered species act permits (2081 and 2090, sections 7 and 10a); wildlife mortality issues; private mineral ownership disputes; federal mining claim patent applications, title issues, and contest actions; and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review of EIRs, EIS', negative declarations and EA/FONSI's.

Experience with mining issues involving numerous counties (including the county planning and environmental health departments), the California Division of Mines and Geology, the California State Lands Commission, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. He also has extensive experience with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the California Department of Fish and Game, several Regional Water Quality Control Boards, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Experience includes working on underground, open pit, in-stream, and quarry mines involving gold, talc, clay, limestone, marble, gypsum, hectorite, garnet, iron, geothermal, lightweight aggregate, silica, soda ash, tourmaline, decomposed granite, sand and gravel, and crushed rock mines, involving over 122 different mine sites.

Contact Patrick G. Mitchell

Downey Brand LLP
1420 Rocky Ridge Drive
Suite 250
Roseville, California  95661
Phone: 916.773.2100
Fax: 916.773.4004


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