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About Brittany

Brittany Pemberton advises energy, oil and gas, and industrial clients in environmental regulatory compliance and enforcement matters, including handling stationary source enforcement and compliance matters under the Clean Air Act (CAA) before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state agencies. She also represents companies and trade associations participating in the federal rulemaking process, including developing comments on a variety of EPA, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) proposals and challenging final agency rules in federal court. Her practice also regularly includes representing companies in administrative appeals before federal agencies, such as the DOI. In particular, Brittany's experience includes extensive Administrative Procedure Act litigation and rulemaking comments surrounding cap-and-trade regulatory regimes and research regarding the permitting process for deep geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. Additionally, Brittany has experience obtaining federal and state authorizations for major projects and transactions and in defending these government authorizations in court.

Brittany also has significant experience advising refiners, importers and terminals and other midstream companies regarding strategic planning and compliance with federal fuel quality standards. She also regularly advises project developers, investors, and operators of facilities producing biofuels from waste feedstocks regarding project development, regulatory compliance, supply and offtake agreements, carbon capture and sequestration, and monetizing carbon reductions under the federal and state programs.

Brittany's pro bono work has included representations in immigration-related matters, such as representing unaccompanied minors in removal proceedings and assisting them in attaining legal status. She has also actively contributed to several appeals related to veterans benefits before the U.S. Court of Veterans Claims.

While in law school, Brittany worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary's Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights; the EPA Office of General Counsel's Water Law Office; and the Division of Mineral Resources within DOI's Office of the Solicitor. She also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Robert N. Davis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims.

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Major terminal operation — defended against EPA flaring and tank emission enforcement using advance monitoring devices such as IR cameras

Major natural gas pipeline project — assisted with obtaining U.S. Army Corps and Fish & Wildlife Service authorizations and defending the project in federal court litigation

Various terminals and industrial clients — assisted with responding to EPA information requests issued for regulatory and enforcement proceedings

Various refining companies — assisted with policy and compliance issues regarding EPA's Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program and small refinery exemptions

Multinational LNG export facility — conducted comprehensive review of compliance with local, state, and federal permits and approvals

Texas chemical plant — assisted in evaluating and developing permitting, compliance, and defense strategy in response to TCEQ Enforcement Division investigation under Clean Air Act

Various companies throughout the oil and gas industry — assisted with administrative appeals before the Department of Interior's Office of Hearings and Appeals and Interior Board of Land of Appeals

Industrial trade association — assisted with legal challenges to EPA air toxics regulations under the Clean Air Act and with drafting comments on various EPA policy and regulatory initiatives

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation — defended against the Department of Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue allegations of knowing or willful violations of FOGRMA relating to the payment of royalties

Publications and Speeches

"Federal District Court Vacates BLM’s Postponement of the Waste Prevention Rule," The National Law Review, October 6, 2017.

"EPA’s Authority to Postpone Implementation of Existing Rules," 29th Annual Texas Environmental Superconference Air Quality Panel paper, August 3-4, 2017.

"Environmental Litigation Update," 2017 Industrial Emission Control Technology XV Conference, Portland, Maine, August 1, 2017.

"Court vacates EPA’s stay of methane rule," Oil & Gas Financial Journal, August 2017.

"EPA Hazardous Air Pollutant Standards Risk And Technology Reviews: Tight Deadlines and (Some) DC Circuit Guidance," Environmental Quarterly, Summer 2017 edition.

“EPA’s Regional Consistency Regs Tilt The Playing Field,” Law360, October 28, 2016.

“Air Issues Update,” 2016 Industrial Emission Control Technology XIV Conference, Portland, Maine, August 2, 2016.

“From Shale to Sail: Production, Transportation and Export of U.S. Oil & Gas,” ABA SEER Spring Conference, March 31, 2016 - April 1, 2016.

“Environmental Enforcement and Crimes”, ABA Environment, Energy, and Resources Law: The Year in Review, 2014.

Credentials

Education

The George Washington University Law School,
J.D.
2013
with honors
James Madison University,
M.M.
2004
University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music,
B.M.
2002
summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Virginia

Affiliations

Women’s Energy Network DC Chapter
Co-Vice President
2020
Women’s Energy Network DC Chapter
Director of Events
Women’s Energy Network National Conference
Marketing Committee Member
2019

News

Insights

Insights

Boiler MACT Litigation - Environmental Law Seminar, Spring 2017

An introduction to the history and current status of EPA’s standards addressing hazardous air pollutants from industrial, commercial, and institutional major source boilers.  The presentation discusses the latest developments in federal litigation over the standards.  Then, it describes the issues still pending at EPA and looks ahead to how the agency might resolve them.

Clean Air Act Residual Risk And Technology Review -Environmental Law Seminar, Spring 2017

This presentation explains EPA’s responsibility to conduct a Risk and Technology Review (RTR) of nearly 100 standards addressing hazardous air pollutants at various categories of stationary sources. It describes the components of the Risk Review and of the Technology...

Process Safety Culture and Environmental Management Systems

The presentation provided guidance on developing a corporate culture attuned to process safety and on continuing to assess and adjust over time. It also discussed the legal issues that can arise from adopting an environmental management system, particularly with regard to how...

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

The Legal 500 United States
Environment: Litigation, 2019
BL Rankings
Best Lawyers
Ones to Watch, Energy Law, 2021 - 2022; Ones to Watch, Environmental Law, 2021 - 2022; Ones to Watch, Oil and Gas Law, 2022
Thomson Reuters
Washington, DC Super Lawyers
Rising Star, 2018 - 2022
The George Washington University Law School
The George Washington Journal of Energy and Environmental Law
Senior Managing Editor, 2012 - 2013

Events