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Polish court backs Prairie Mining in dispute with Bogdanka over Jan Karski mine

Prairie Mining Ltd. said Jan. 18 that Poland's Supreme Administrative Court rejected Lubelski Wegiel BOGDANKA SA's administrative complaints against Poland's Ministry of Environment without the provision for an appeal.

Prairie secured an injunction from the Regional Civil Court in Warsaw, Poland, in April 2018 preventing the Polish environment ministry from granting prospecting, exploration or mining concessions for the Jan Karski coal project to other parties until court proceedings are settled.

The dispute stemmed from the Polish environment ministry's refusal of Bogdanka's 2013 application for a mining concession over the K-6-7 deposit within Prairie's Jan Karski mine.

The ruling reaffirmed that Bogdanka's application over K-6-7 is without merit and inadmissible, which would have been a serious violation of the provisions of Poland's 2011 geological and mining law.

The court upheld a 2016 decision by the Regional Administrative Court obliging the Ministry of Environment to approve an addendum Prairie submitted for the K-6-7 deposit, namely a detailed resource estimate based on the results of the coal miner's exploration program at the deposit.

Meanwhile, Prairie said the Ministry of Environment has taken over 24 months to finalize the concession amendment proceedings for the Debiensko hard coking coal mine related to the amendments of the 50-year mining concession. This is well over the two months allowed under Polish administrative law, the miner said.

The miner may take further actions to preserve its concession rights over Debiensko.