Our clients build and operate pipelines, compressor stations, gas plants, terminals, gathering lines, storage facilities, breakout stations, and other facilities in virtually all U.S. oil and gas producing regions, from the more established ﬁelds to all the major domestic shale plays. Our team represents these types of companies on environmental and safety issues across a broad range of disciplines, including regulatory counseling; project siting and permitting; rulemaking, including pre-proposal advocacy, comment development, and appellate challenges; administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement; auditing; internal investigations; accident response and crisis management; and transactional due diligence.
Recent Notable Matters
Several prominent oil and gas companies — a wide range of legal, business and enforcement issues arising from federal pipeline safety regulation, including jurisdictional issues; PHMSA inspections of mixed regulated/unregulated facilities; impact radius assessment; special permits (waivers); and major policy and regulatory changes governing oil pipelines and gas pipelines
New joint venture — pipeline siting, alternative routing, environmental impacts, safety, stakeholder engagement, and the requirements and concerns of federal environmental and resource agencies in the construction of a roughly $2 billion, cross-border natural gas pipeline system
Pipeline developers and anchor shippers — numerous inter- and intra-state natural gas and liquids pipelines, including permitting, environmental impact assessment, FERC environmental requirements, and related litigation
Large midstream energy company — an EPA enforcement action involving alleged violations of the Clean Air Act’s Risk Management Program. After assisting the client in developing arguments in defense of EPA’s allegation, EPA decided not to pursue enforcement.
Midstream oil and gas company — multiple enforcement actions brought by EPA and the TCEQ related to alleged air and water quality permit violations
Multiple cross-border pipelines — Presidential permitting and abandonment-and-conversion projects
Pipeline company — multiple enforcement actions filed by EPA and the U.S. Department of Transportation alleging violations of the Clean Water Act for crude oil spills