Daniel Pope advises energy, infrastructure, and industrial clients on environmental permitting and transactions and represents clients in litigation and environmental enforcement defense under a number of environmental and natural resources statutes and regulatory programs. Daniel’s practice includes providing support and guidance to clients as they perform environmental compliance audits under state and federal frameworks. He has also advised clients on environmental issues connected with emergency response and has assisted in internal investigations regarding compliance with environmental laws.
Daniel is currently representing a major natural gas pipeline against several citizen suits and related claims under the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. In addition to closely tracking regulatory developments that affect the midstream industry, Daniel monitors nongovernmental organization litigation against rules and policies that can affect the industry and energy markets more broadly.
Prior to joining Bracewell, Daniel served in the Office of the Attorney General of Texas as an intern in the Civil Medicaid Fraud Division, and eventually as a law clerk in the Special Litigation Division. He also served as a judicial assistant for The Honorable Fred Biery, Judge to the US District Court for the Western District of Texas, San Antonio Division.
Recent Notable Matters
Global Infrastructure Partners — preferred equity investment of up to $200 million in Dos Rios Crude Intermediate LLC, a subsidiary of Noble Midstream Partners LP formed to hold Noble Midstream’s 30 percent equity interest in the EPIC Crude Pipeline, which is being designed with an initial capacity of 590 MBbl/d from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford to the Gulf Coast
Par Pacific Holdings, Inc. — acquisition of 100 percent of the equity interests in U.S. Oil & Refining Co. and certain affiliated entities for $358 million, including a 42,000 bpd refinery, a marine terminal and associated logistical system in Tacoma, Washington