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About Kevin

Kevin Voelkel assists clients on environmental regulatory, enforcement and policy matters, as well as pipeline safety issues and power and transmission issues, including hydroelectric matters. His clients include companies in the offshore exploration and development, natural gas and liquids pipelines and power transmission sectors.

Before joining Bracewell, Kevin completed internship programs at various energy and oil and gas-focused agencies and organizations, including the North American Electric Reliability Corporation and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. He was also a research assistant at the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America.


Recent Notable Matters

Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners — acquisition of Tidewater Transportation & Terminals, a multi-commodity transportation, terminal, and marine construction and repair company serving the Pacific Northwest, from Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. Upper Bay Infrastructure Partners was the lead investor of a group consisting of Ullico, funds and accounts under management by BlackRock, Silverfern and certain other co-investors.

Publications and Speeches

"BSEE takes steps to relieve burdensome requirements," Offshore, March 7, 2018.



The George Washington University Law School,
Randolph-Macon College,

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia




DOJ’s Environmental Enforcement Priorities and Expectations – Refocusing on the Rule of Law

In recent months, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ” or the “Department”) has issued a series of memoranda from the Department’s highest levels to its various component divisions, which includes the Environment and Natural Resources Division (“ENRD”). The ENRD is charged with...

BSEE Takes Steps to Relieve Burdensome Requirements for Offshore Operators

January 4, 2018

On December 29, 2017, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register, stating its intent to significantly revise provisions of the Oil and Gas Production Safety Systems regulations (30 CFR part 250...

New Tactics, Same Result: Local Efforts to Regulate Hydraulic Fracturing Continue to Falter Despite New Approaches to Regulation

October 13, 2017

Despite numerous attempts in recent years by local governments to regulate oil and gas activities at the municipal level, recent developments in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Colorado signal a continued trend favoring states’ authority to regulate these issues as matters...

D.C. Circuit Overrules FERC on Partnership Pipeline’s Tax Recovery

In a July 1 decision with major rate implications for FERC-regulated oil and gas pipelines, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (“D.C. Circuit” or the “Court”) sided with shippers in an appeal of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) decision regarding the tax allowances that FERC has allowed oil pipelines to include as a component of their cost of service transportation rates. [1] The Court’s decision in United Airlines, et al. v. FERC, et al. strikes at the ability of interstate oil pipelines structured as partnerships to account for income...