Legislators, investors and the public have turned an intense spotlight on corporate strategies related to natural resources, prompting leading companies in energy, waste management, chemicals, technology, and manufacturing to prioritize sustainability initiatives and disclosures. We assist corporate leadership in aligning their strategies with government priorities and regulations with an array of integrated services , including policy development, regulatory counseling, corporate governance and internal audits, and disclosure issues. When an incident occurs, our lawyers guide clients through their responses, including site remediation, litigation, cost recovery negotiations, and natural resource damages claims.
Recent Notable Matters
The Electric Reliability Coordinating Council — wide range of regulatory and legislative matters that arise under various environmental statutes
Energy, chemical and other industrial companies — a range of environmental matters dealing with the Clean Water Act and both EPA and TCEQ regulations, including Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plan requirements and applicability issues and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits
Fortune 100 refining company — a challenge to block the shipment of crude by rail to a refinery. Bracewell has been in the forefront of policy and legal issues surrounding crude-by-rail transportation.
International oil and gas, energy and manufacturing companies — disclosure of the financial impacts of environmental compliance and loss contingencies, including the potential impact of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, and hydraulic fracturing on business operations and financial performance, in their 10-Ks, 10-Qs and other public filings
Consumer products manufacturer — an international acquisition involving several National Priority List Superfund sites, RCRA corrective action sites and other significant environmental cleanup sites
International terminal company — defended in connection with a stormwater discharge incident that had been referred for criminal prosecution by the Harris County District Attorney, achieving its successful de-referral
Large property owner — a settlement agreement with its major defense contractor tenant where the contractor agreed to remediate chlorinated solvent contamination of groundwater to closure through state's voluntary cleanup program
Leading nuclear fuels company — bids for major government contracts for identifying, assessing, stabilizing and disposing of mixed (hazardous and radioactive) waste at Oak Ridge, Hanford and similar sites
LNG Company — negotiated the definitive indemnity agreement concerning contaminated industrial property slated for development of an onshore LNG terminal
Major cement, concrete, and aggregates manufacturer and a Fortune 500 medical device manufacturer — at a CERCLA site involving contamination of groundwater by volatile petrochemical solvents, which affected drinking water wells serving over 100,000 consumers
Major independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company — compliance with BSEE's Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) regulations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and assisted in development of the company's SEMS program
Mining company — defended against potential liability for numerous abandoned lead and barite mining sites in eastern Missouri, including alleged widespread soil contamination and affected watersheds arising from mining activities dating back over one hundred years. This federally-led investigation into potential abandoned mine "mega-sites" involves complex legal issues on restoration standards and chains of corporate successors.
Oil and gas services company — remediation at a facility under the jurisdiction of the Railroad Commission of Texas
Several large energy companies — response to EPA information requests under the Clean Air Act and other federal environmental statutes