Energy regulation: oil and gas in United States

Bracewell LLP

Bracewell LLP handles a mix of transactional and standalone regulatory work in the oil and gas field, covering the full spectrum of upstream, midstream and downstream mandates. The team is at the forefront of pipeline infrastructure work and is experienced in issues involving both oil and gas pipelines. Senior team members frequently represent clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Energy (DoE), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and other state and federal regulatory agencies. The core team includes Washington DC office managing partner Mark Lewis, Kirk Morgan, David PerlmanMichael Brooks and George Fatula. All are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Mark Lewis

Testimonials

The team includes members with varying years of experience allowing for support at the appropriate billing rate. Mid-level and senior team members have deep experience in the subject matter area and represent numerous significant industry players, thus exposing the team to the most current issues.

Each team member is exceptionally responsive and they function well as a team to give prompt, pertinent and cost effective support.

This team has deep knowledge on what makes our company commercially tick and never loses focus on that while rendering legal advice.

Mark Lewis, Kirk Morgan and George Fatula are very pragmatic, responsive and have excellent relations with the regulators.

Kirk Morgan is a stellar attorney, provides sage legal counsel and keenly helps us navigate sometimes troubled areas.

Key clients

Enterprise Products Partners

TC Energy

Phillips 66 Partners

Kinder Morgan

Cheniere Energy

Targa Resources

DTE Midstream

Holly Energy Partners

NEXUS Gas Transmission

Apache Corporation

Delek US

Tenaska

Work highlights

  • Project counsel to Permian Highway Pipeline on its intrastate natural gas pipeline system in Texas.
  • Advised Nexus Gas Transmission on the construction and operation of a natural gas pipeline system to transport Appalachian shale gas to high-demand markets in the US Midwest and beyond.
  • Advised Gulf Coast Express Pipeline, which is developing an intrastate natural gas pipeline system in Texas.
  • Represented Targa Resources Partners in its development of a new NGL pipeline to transport unfractionated natural gas liquids from the Permian Basin in North-West Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico to Mont Bevieu, Texas.
  • Advised Phillips 66 Partners on the development of the ACE pipeline project to combine a new build pipeline with existing infrastructure and to connect St. James, Louisiana, with the storage hub at Clovelly, Louisiana, and with downstream refineries in the New Orleans area.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is a market leader in FERC regulatory matters and the group's extensive senior resources in Washington DC ensures it is at the forefront of big-ticket matters in the oil pipeline space; the practice is also growing its expertise in natural gas pipeline matters. Steven Reed, Steven Brose and Daniel Poynor are the key members of the team and frequently represent clients before FERC. David Coburn is a key litigator with experience in oil and gas regulatory cases, including work relating to cross-border pipelines. Of counsels Monique Watson and Joshua Runyan are also singled out by clients.

Practice head(s):

Steven Reed; Daniel Poynor

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Mullen; Dane Jaques; Laura Swett; Steven Brose; David Coburn; Monique Watson; Joshua Runyan

Testimonials

‘Based on our lengthy historical experience of innovative regulatory solutions, I believe that this team has a unique insight into liquid pipeline regulation at the FERC and into our liquids pipeline assets.’

‘I consider them them the premier practice on oil pipeline regulation at FERC.’

‘Deep and comprehensive experience, seasoned judgment, a pragmatic approach and strong advocacy.’

‘Steven Reed has been a leading architect of innovative regulatory solutions for our liquid pipelines FERC issues for decades.’

‘Steven Brose has outstanding knowledge and is a great communicator.’

‘Daniel Poynor is smart, with excellent written advocacy and presentation skills.’

‘Daniel Poyner has  supported us with outstanding FERC advice.’

‘David Coburn and Joshua Runyan have encyclopedic knowledge of numerous federal laws and regulations pertaining to oil and gas infrastructure and regulation. Their responsiveness and attention to client needs is unmatched.’

‘Joshua Runyan is smart, understands the issues and delivers excellent written advocacy.’

‘Monique Watson is smart, an excellent presenter and understands regulations.’

Key clients

Association of Oil Pipe Lines

Trans Alaska Pipeline System owners

Colonial Pipeline Company

Enbridge

Northern Natural Gas Company

Plains All American Pipeline

Sunoco Pipeline

North Dakota Pipeline Company

CHS

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Association of Oil Pipe Lines in a Clean Water Act citizen lawsuit, where it is alleged that Kinder Morgan is in violation of the act for failing to obtain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for a pipeline release in South Carolina.
  • Advised Colonial Pipeline Company on filing a comprehensive revision of its rules tariff, which was protested by more than a dozen shippers and supported by numerous others.
  • Represented Enbridge Energy in an appeal against the District Court’s conclusion that the PHMSA must conduct an environmental review under NEPA and consult with the US Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act prior to approving Enbridge’s emergency response plans for Line 5’s crossing of the Straits of Mackinac.
  • Represented Enbridge Energy as an intervenor-defendant in a lawsuit filed by the Environmental Law and Policy Center and National Wildlife Foundation, which challenges the adequacy of the US Coast Guard’s Northern Michigan Area Contingency Plan.
  • Acted for Northern Natural Gas Company in FERC’s investigation into the justness and reasonableness of Northern’s rates.

Van Ness Feldman LLP

Van Ness Feldman LLP has a notable track record in representing interstate pipeline companies before federal regulatory agencies, including oil and natural gas pipelines before FERC and federal and state courts. The practice is also at the forefront of rate cases under the Natural Gas Act. Lawrence Acker is a leading figure in natural gas cases before FERC and related appeals; Paul Korman is noted for his expertise in rate cases before FERC and other regulatory agencies; and Brian O’Neill regularly represents natural gas, oil and LNG companies and pipelines in FERC matters relating to projects and transactions. Susan Olenchuk is a leader in pipeline safety, and Michael Pincus and Mona Tandon are also highly rated. All named partners are based in Washington DC. Gregory Junge joined Hogan Lovells US LLP.

Practice head(s):

Susan Olenchuk; Mona Tandon; Michael Pincus

Other key lawyers:

Lawrence Acker; Paul Korman; Brian O’Neill

Key clients

Kinder Morgan

Tallgrass Energy

Mountain Valley Pipeline

WBI Energy Transmission,

Millennium Pipeline Company

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners

NGL Energy Partners

Dominion Energy Resources

Stagecoach Pipeline and Storage Company

Cheniere Corpus Christi Pipeline

Work highlights

  • Represented interstate pipeline companies owned or partly owned by Kinder Morgan in rate cases filed before FERC.
  • Acted for Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company before FERC, state agencies, and the courts in matters relating to the development of eight natural gas pipeline expansion projects.
  • Acted for Trailblazer Pipeline in the prosecution of a general rate case under the Natural Gas Act.
  • Advised Mountain Valley on the development, construction, and operation of a new 303-mile natural gas pipeline that will extend from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia.
  • Acted for WBI Energy Transmission in the prosecution of a general rate case filed under under the Natural Gas Act.

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Vinson & Elkins LLP's energy regulatory practice has a strong focus on the natural gas and LNG sectors, and frequently acts for clients on the regulatory aspects of major infrastructure projects. The group has also achieved prominence in rate cases and certificate proceedings before FERC, while maintaining a strong presence in midstream and LNG export projects. John Decker is noted for transactions involving the production and transportation of natural gas and LNG, gas-fired power plant developments, and natural gas asset sales and acquisitions. Houston partner James Seegers is a key figure for regulatory and compliance work relating to natural gas pipelines, and Anita Wilson regularly represents natural gas clients before FERC, regulatory bodies and appellate courts. Counsel Chris Terhune is noted for LNG matters including offtake agreements, and Houston-based counsel Damien Lyster is a key name for midstream work including intrastate pipeline developments in Texas, while counsel Andy Beach represents clients before FERC. In Houston, Suzanne Clevenger made partner in 2020. All those mentioned are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

James Seegers; Anita Wilson

Key clients

Fortress Investment Group

AltaGas

Linn Operating

Marathon Oil

Jordan Cove Energy Project

Antero Resources

TC PipeLines

Plains All-American Pipeline

East Cheyenne Gas Storage

Sabal Trail Transmission

Work highlights

  • Advised New Fortress Energy on the development of an LNG export project in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania.
  • Assisted New Fortress Energy with the development of multiple small-scale LNG import and power generation projects in Jamaica.
  • Represented New Fortress Energy in the development of several energy infrastructure projects in Puerto Rico, including the construction of a micro fuel handling facility in the port of San Juan.
  • Advised Jordan Cove on all federal regulatory issues and commercial issues relating to the Jordan Cove Energy Project and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline.
  • Assisted TC PipeLines with its agreements to purchase a 49.3% interest in Iroquois Gas Transmission System and the remaining 11.8% interest in Portland Natural Gas Transmission System from TransCanada.

Baker Botts L.L.P.

Baker Botts L.L.P. has a broad regulatory practice across the oil and gas sector, including dealing with commercial agreements, rates and terms of service for transportation and storage, and permitting of regulated facilities. The core regulatory team is singled out for transactional advice, though the wider group also handles contentious matters including administrative litigation and  judicial reviews of agency decisions; rate cases are also a key area of expertise for the practice. Senior counsel Thomas Eastment specialises in pipeline transportation matters before FERC, the federal courts and courts of appeal; and group head Jay Ryan and Houston partner Jim Barkley are also highly rated for regulatory compliance and contentious matters. Senior counsel Emil Barth is highly regarded by clients. Named practitioners are in the firm's Washington DC office, unless otherwise specified.

Practice head(s):

Jay Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Thomas Eastment; Jim Barkley; Emil Barth

Testimonials

Baker Botts provides a strong stable of professional and experienced litigators covering a broad range of practice areas.

I think what sets Baker Botts apart from other legal counsel we use is they understand not only the energy regulatory framework but also understand the regulatory implications of achieving our companies commercial objectives.

They are immersed in the industry and identify changes and their potential impact to us and our market position.

Emil Barth offers competent advice and legal services in a personal manner that provides comfort and confidence.

Emil Barth is the primary reason we look to Baker Botts for the variety of our energy regulatory initiatives. His knowledge and exceptional mind are unmatched by any other legal counsel we have used.

‘Emil Barth had an excellent understanding of the multitude of regulatory regimes that affect the oil and gas sector as well as strong knowledge of the inner workings of FERC. His insight into the regulations and the process was invaluable. He was able to advise in a way that both lawyers and the commercial team could understand and appreciate.’

Key clients

IFM Investors

Work highlights

  • Advised IFM Investors on the regulatory aspects of the merger between IFM Global Infrastructure Fund and Buckeye Partners.

Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC

Caldwell Boudreaux Lefler PLLC is highly rated for pipeline cases, particularly in Texas, and also has a strong track record before FERC, particularly in the shippers market. The group has a significant presence in Houston where Charles Caldwell is a key practitioner, along with Sabina WaliaElizabeth Kohlhausen and Michelle Boudreaux.

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a well-developed regulatory practice, which focuses on new oil, natural gas (including LNG) and gas-fired generation projects. Investigations and enforcement issues are also core to the practice, along with LNG terminal developments and natural gas transportation service arrangements. The team represents clients before FERC, DoE, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Pipeline and other agencies. Kirstin Gibbs is rated for FERC compliance issues, enforcement work and investigations, along with transactional regulatory matters. Levi McAllister leads the CFTC compliance, enforcement, and investigations team, and has a strong record in FERC matters. Kathryn Sutton leads the energy practice, which also includes Steve Spina. All mentioned partners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Sutton; Steve Spina

Other key lawyers:

Kirstin Gibbs; Levi McAllister

Key clients

South Jersey Industries

Equinor Natural Gas

Shell Trading US

Cheniere Energy

Diversified Gas and Oil

Spire Marketing and Spire Storage

Guernsey Power Station

Work highlights

  • Represented Spire Storage West in the expansion of its existing natural gas storage facilities, including filing and obtaining FERC approval to construct and operate new facilities.
  • Advised Diversified Gas & Oil on its acquisition of natural gas producing properties and contracts related to interstate pipeline capacity from EQT.
  • Assisted Diversified Gas & Oil with with the acquisition of natural gas producing properties and contracts related to interstate pipeline capacity from HG Energy.
  • Acted for Cheniere Energy in developing and filing a Petition for Declaratory Order at FERC.
  • Represented Equinor in a Natural Gas Act Section 4 rate case involving National Fuel Gas Corporation, the interstate natural gas pipeline.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP's presence in multiple energy centres, along with a substantial team in Washington DC, ensures the practice is fully equipped to handle a wide range of oil and gas regulatory matters. The group has extensive experience before FERC, the DoE, the CFTC and other federal agencies, and regularly represents interstate natural gas pipelines and other clients in certificate, rate and tariff issues. Kenneth Minesinger is co-chair of the energy and natural resources practice and frequently represents clients before FERC and state regulatory commissions, and also specialises in the negotiation of commercial agreements for oil and gas projects. Other key individuals include fellow co-chair William Garner in Houston, Howard Nelson, who acts for clients before FERC, state public utility commissions, and the appeal courts; and energy regulation specialist Rabeha Kamaluddin, who joined the firm from Dorsey & Whitney LLP in 2019. Named individuals are in Washington DC unless otherwise noted.

Practice head(s):

Kenneth Minesinger; William Garner

Other key lawyers:

Howard Nelson; Rabeha Kamaluddin

Testimonials

‘Willingness to test new concepts and diligence in arguing a case for regulatory approval based on national and individual merits.’

‘Going the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction and a successful outcome on the merits of the case.’

Key clients

Petro Star

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

NGL Partners

Gunvor USA

The State of Alaska and Alaska Gasline Development

El Paso Natural Gas

Crestwood Midstream

Union Pacific Railroad

American Midstream Partners

Encino Energy

Pilot Travel Centers

Woodfibre LNG

Work highlights

  • Represented El Paso Natural Gas in an appeal of two rate cases before FERC.
  • Acted for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America in relation to FERC’s Notice of Inquiry.
  • Assisted NGL Energy Partners with a complaint at FERC against a major refined petroleum products pipeline.
  • Represented Petro Star in FERC litigation regarding the Trans Alaska Pipeline (TAPS) and the implementation of the TAPS Quality Bank.
  • Acted for Petro Star before FERC in the annual TAPS Variable Tariff Methodology filings.

Hogan Lovells US LLP

Hogan Lovells US LLP leverages its regulatory credentials, alongside top disputes expertise and extensive broader resources including environmental knowledge, to handle FERC litigation; it also utilizes its geographic spread across the US to represent clients in multiple arenas. Stefan Krantz in Washington DC has substantial experience before FERC and other regulatory agencies. Christopher Schindler is now in-house at Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline.

King & Spalding LLP

King & Spalding LLP has key oil and gas expertise through its substantial regulatory team in Washington DC, which has a particularly strong track record in LNG regulatory matters, including LNG project developments; it is also noted for natural gas storage tariff matters. James Bowe is noted for oil and gas midstream regulatory matters connected to project developments, M&A and commercial matters, while Charles Engel is a leading figure in oil and gas royalty cases, including matters before the Department of the Interior. Marcella Burke joined from the Department of the Interior in 2019 and specialises in environmental and regulatory oil and gas matters. Neil Levy departed to McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Practice head(s):

James Bowe; Charles Engel

Other key lawyers:

William Rice; Marcella Burke

Key clients

Chevron

Mexico Pacific

The Gas Company

Hawai’i Gas

Crestwood Midstream Partners

ConocoPhillips

SEMCO Energy

Eagle LNG Partners Jacksonville

RH energytrans

Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority

Work highlights

  • Advised Mexico Pacific on regulatory, commercial and construction contracting matters relating to its development and commercialization of a new LNG export facility on the west coast of Mexico.
  • Acted for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) on the negotiation of a fuel supply and facility conversion agreement with New Fortress Energy affiliate NFEnergía, providing the supply of natural gas and conversion of two of PREPA’s electric generating facilities.
  • Advised The Grand Bahama Port Authority on its efforts to develop a regulatory and licensing regime to govern the establishment of LNG bunkering operations in the Port of Freeport.
  • Represented Spire Midstream in connection with its integration of two underground natural gas storage facilities located in Wyoming.
  • Acted for Chevron on the decommissioning of offshore oil and gas production platforms and related assets.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is highly rated for oil and natural gas pipeline cases thanks to the experience of the highly rated Patrick Nevins and Eugene Elrod. The practice also has longstanding and significant expertise in transactions and project financings, and has expanded its knowledge of standalone regulatory work. Nevins primarily focuses on natural gas and LNG work, including major project development issues, while Elrod handles oil pipeline matters, including work relating to the Trans Alaska Pipeline System. Newly elected partner Tyler Brown is also a key name, and David Schwartz  leads the energy regulatory and markets practice. All named individuals are in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

David Schwartz

Testimonials

‘The team is part of a larger transactional and project finance department and is therefore very commercially-minded and used to working on expedited timetables. They are very responsive and commercial.’

‘Patrick Nevins has great knowledge of the energy regulatory area and is well-respected by the administrators at the relevant regulatory agencies, making him a very effective advocate.’

Key clients

ArcLight Capital Partners

Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Blue Racer Midstream

Borrego Crossing Pipeline

Southern California Gas

Crimson Midstream

Delfin LNG

Dominion Energy Transmission

Dominion Energy Cove Point

ExxonMobil Pipeline

Hess

Howard Midstream Energy Partners

Iberdrola

Pembine Pipeline

Work highlights

  • Advised Pembina Pipeline on the regulatory aspects of its acquisition of Kinder Morgan Canada and the US portion of the Cochin pipeline.
  • Acted for Atlantic Coast Pipeline in obtaining FERC and other regulatory approvals for a 600-mile greenfield pipeline to be built from West Virginia, through Virginia and North Carolina.
  • Represented ExxonMobil Pipeline on its ownership interest of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS) and ongoing rate matters before FERC and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
  • Acted for Dominion Energy Cove Point in connection with its LNG export project.
  • Assisted Dominion Energy Transmission and Dominion Energy Carolina Gas Transmission with their 501-G report filings with FERC, including advising on the reasonableness of rates in light of the reduction in federal income tax rates.

Eversheds Sutherland

Eversheds Sutherland has expertise in acting in ratemaking and rate cases before FERC, and also regularly assists clients before the DoE, CFTC and other regulatory agencies. Co-head of the LNG and natural gas regulatory group Paul Forshay has a track record in oil and natural gas pipeline, LNG and compressed natural gas matters; and Jacob Dweck is highly rated for regulatory and policy mandates, while Susan Lafferty has notable experience in energy and environmental matters in the petroleum, biofuels and energy trading industries. Catherine Krupka heads up the energy regulatory team. Meghan Gruebner has joined Algonquin Power & Utilities. All named partners are based in Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Krupka; Paul Forshay

Other key lawyers:

David McCullough; Jacob Dweck; Susan Lafferty

Key clients

Hillstone Environmental

Calpine Energy Services

Oglethorpe Power Corporation

Reedy Creek Improvement District

USG

Castleton Commodities

CenterPoint Energy Services

Work highlights

  • Acted for Calpine Energy Services in ratemaking and related settlement negotiations involving Texas Eastern Transmission, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line and Columbia Gas Transmission before FERC.
  • Represented Oglethorpe Power in rate cases and related settlement negotiations involving East Tennessee Natural Gas and Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line before FERC.
  • Advised Castleton Commodities on potential natural gas regulatory issues linked to its acquisition of NorTex Midstream Partners.
  • Acting for CenterPoint Energy Services in multiple ongoing Natural Gas Act Section 4 and Section 5 rate proceedings before FERC.
  • Acting for USG in several ongoing Natural Gas Act Section 4 proceedings.

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP stands out for regulatory matters relating to natural gas pipelines including rates, tariffs, abandonment mandates, capacity release requirements, enforcement work and other contractual issues. The group is also experienced in environmental, regulatory compliance and enforcement defense for interstate and intrastate oil and gas pipeline companies. Washington DC partner Shemin Proctor is experienced in Section 4 and Section 5 rate and tariff proceedings, and certificate, abandonment, and complaint proceedings before FERC. In Dallas, Myles Reynolds represents natural gas utilities and midstream companies in litigation before the Public Utility Commission of Texas, the Railroad Commission of Texas, and FERC; while in San Francisco, Shannon Broome is noted for climate change and environmental claims in the oil and gas industry. Washington DC-based practitioners Deidre Duncan and Chuck Knauss are also rated for environmental regulatory matters; and Eric Murdock leads the administrative law team from DC.

Practice head(s):

Myles Reynolds; Eric Murdock; Deidre Duncan

Testimonials

Responds quickly to requests and the work product is comprehensive and complete.’

‘Shemin Proctor is extremely knowledgeable and responsive to all requests. She works well in various group scenarios even with difficult issues.’

Key clients

American Petroleum Institute

Andeavor

Chemical Safety Advocacy Group

Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska

Enbridge

EnLink Midstream

ENSTAR Natural Gas Company

Marathon Petroleum Corporation

Phillips 66

Roanoke Gas Company

Southcross Energy

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners

Texas Oil and Gas Association

Work highlights

  • Represented Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners in its $3.6bn acquisition of the assets of Oryx Southern Delaware Holdings and Oryx Delaware Holdings.
  • Advised Enbridge on the development of the Valley Crossing Pipeline.
  • Acted for Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, as regulatory counsel, in a cost of service-based rate case before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.
  • Assisted Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska as lead regulatory counsel with an application for a prudence determination regarding reliability projects for the natural gas storage facility.
  • Represented the Texas Oil & Gas Association in connection with the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to control climate change pollutants from upstream and midstream operations since 2011.

Jones Day

Jones Day is noted for matters before FERC, including interstate oil and gas pipeline rate and tariff proceedings. The core team is also recognised for its advice on general oil and gas pipeline regulatory requirements, commercial agreements and M&A transactions. Houston partner James Olson is a key name to note, and Washington DC's James Beh handles a mixture of oil and gas, renewable energy and conventional power matters before FERC.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates is noted for LNG import and export regulatory matters, and has experience in FERC natural gas pipeline regulation work including transportation infrastructure work, regulated rate issues and commercial transactions. Group head Sandra Safro specialises in commodity and pipeline transportation work including capacity release issues, negotiated rate agreements, transportation service agreements and pipeline tariff terms; she also frequently advises on LNG import and export matters. David Wochner is an LNG sector expert and handles the regulatory aspects of M&A transactions and project developments. Forth Worth partner Elizabeth Tiblets specialises in energy litigation including royalty and title disputes. Named partners are based in Washington DC unless stated otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Sandro Safro

Other key lawyers:

David Wochner; Elizabeth Tiblets

Testimonials

The knowledge of the attorneys, their creativity, strategy and client service sets K&L Gates apart in this area.

‘Their strengths lie in helping clients find a positive resolution to the problem or objective.’

‘David Wochner and Sandi Safro have developed strategies on our behalf in difficult regulatory situations that have resulted in new successes.’ 

‘David Wochner and Sandra Safro use their experience to benefit their clients. I value their knowledge, expertise, and friendship. In particular, their relationships within the regulatory bodies and government agencies has been extremely useful.’ 

Key clients

Texas LNG Brownsville

NextDecade

Liquefied Natural Gas

ENGIE Gas & LNG

Entergy Services

Work highlights

  • Advised Magnolia LNG on a filing to the DoE noting an investment in the company by IDG Energy Investment.
  • Assisted ENGIE Gas & LNG with regulatory issues relating to the sale of the Everett LNG import and regasification facility to Exelon.
  • Advised NextDecade on FERC and DoE considerations relating to the siting of an LNG export facility in Galveston, Texas.
  • Assisted Magnolia LNG with its applications before FERC and DoE relating to an increase in export capacity at its previously approved facility.
  • Advised Texas LNG Brownsville on its application before FERC to authorize the construction and operation of the LNG export facility at the Port of Brownsville, Texas.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is noted for transactional matters, including investments by private equity houses and their portfolio companies into oil and gas projects. The practice has substantial expertise and fields two senior regulatory lawyers in Brooksany Barrowes and Robert Fleishman, who play an integral role in a range of headline deals. Both have extensive experience before FERC and state public utility commissions.

Practice head(s):

Brooksany Barrowes; Robert Fleishman

Key clients

Hilcorp Alaska

Brookfield

Sentinel Midstream

GSO Capital Partners

Chevron

IFM Investors

Vine Oil & Gas

Alta Resources

C&J Energy Services

HG Energy II Appalachia

Work highlights

  • Advised Hilcorp Alaska on the acquisition of BP Alaska and BP Alaska LNG’s upstream and midstream business and business development opportunities in Alaska.
  • Represented Brookfield Asset Management in its $2bn acquisition of a 25% interest in the already-in-operation Cove Point LNG facility owned by Dominion Energy.
  • Advised Sentinel Midstream on various energy regulatory matters in connection with a proposed deepwater crude oil export terminal located near Freeport, Texas, and related midstream infrastructure project.
  • Represented IFM Investors in state and federal energy regulatory matters relating to the $6.5bn take-private acquisition of Buckeye Partners.
  • Acted for Vine Oil & Gas on natural gas compliance, enforcement and commercial contracting matters.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP is noted for handling regulatory issues linked to oil and gas projects, particularly in the natural gas and LNG fields. As part of a renewed emphasis on the energy and infrastructure sector, the firm hired New York's Lisa Tonery and Washington DC partner Erik Swenson from Norton Rose Fulbright in 2017, which notably expanded its expertise in the oil and gas regulatory segment. The core team continues to assist with LNG terminal and gas pipeline matters; Tonery recently advised Driftwood LNG on the $15bn development of a production and export terminal on the west bank of the Calcasieu River, Louisiana. Blake Winburne leads the global energy and infrastructure group from San Francisco.

Practice head(s):

Blake Winburne; Lisa Tonery

Other key lawyers:

Erik Swenson

Key clients

Cheniere Energy

Midship Pipeline Company

Energy Investors Funds and Oregon Clean Energy

Freeport LNG Development

Tellurian Investments

Chevron

Commonwealth LNG

Southport Midstream Partners

Southern Company Gas/Pivotal LNG

EcoEléctrica

Braskem

Work highlights

  • Represented Freeport LNG Development in proceedings before FERC, DoE and other agencies to obtain authorization to construct and operate the $30bn Freeport Liquefaction Project, the first LNG liquefaction and export terminal authorized in the state of Texas.
  • Advised Driftwood LNG on the $15bn development of a production and export terminal on the west bank of the Calcasieu River, Louisiana.
  • Represented Corpus Christi Liquefaction, a subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, in proceedings before FERC to obtain authorization to build and operate facilities in Texas to liquefy and export domestic natural gas supplies as LNG.
  • Acted for Cheniere Energy in regulatory strategy and associated filings to obtain authorization from FERC for Midship Pipeline Company to construct and operate a $1bn long-haul pipeline from Oklahoma to Texas and Louisiana to serve Gulf Coast LNG terminals and Southwestern markets.
  • Advised Commonwealth LNG on a newly proposed LNG liquefaction and export project to be located in Louisiana.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP fields several former FERC commissioners in its practice, which gives it a particularly strong insight into the oil and gas regulatory environment. The group represents a wide range of oil and gas pipelines, shippers and storage operators on a variety of transactions, projects and compliance and enforcement matters before FERC and other regulatory bodies. Peggy Heeg is noted for midstream and downstream engagements, including project development issues and regulatory compliance work. Former FERC commissioner Colette Honorable has an excellent record in enforcement, compliance and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Stan Perry; Nicolle Bagnell

Other key lawyers:

Regina Speed-Bost; Debra Ann Palmer; Peggy Heeg; Colette Honorable

Troutman Pepper

Troutman Sanders is highly rated for its connections to the oil and gas pipeline industry and its work on storage, terminal and LNG facilities. The practice advises a significant number of oil and gas pipeline companies, and has experience in the LNG and terminal storage facilities sector; it also has expertise in obtaining FERC authorizations, tariff and rate cases, FERC enforcement proceedings and FERC rule making mandates. Atlanta partner Catherine Little is rated for storage, terminal and LNG facilities regulatory compliance and enforcement defense mandates, Washington DC's Lisanne Crowley specialises in the federal regulation of natural gas, and Amie Colby leads the regulatory and finance department from DC. The firm will complete its merger with Pepper Hamilton LLP in July 1.

Practice head(s):

Amie Colby; Catherine Little

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Archuleta; Lisanne Crowley

Testimonials

Very broad knowledge and experience base covering all areas of our needs including electric, natural gas and hydro.

Quick to respond to one-off questions and formal engagements. Very willing to bring in other in house experts if issues are better served by others.

Key clients

Enbridge

Energy Transfer

SCG/SCANA Group

Iroquois Gas Transmission System

Upper Midwest Shipper Group

Enterprise Products

The Williams Companies / Transco

WEC Energy Group

Spire

Southern Company Gas

DCP Midstream

Work highlights

  • Acted for Iroquois Gas Transmission System in the FERC certificate prosecution of the Enhancement by Compression (ExC) Project.
  • Represented SCG/SCANA Group in general rate increase proceedings before FERC.
  • Acted for Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Gas on all regulatory matters before FERC associated with the prosecution of Natural Gas Act Section 7(f) service area expansion requests.
  • Representing Upper Midwest Shipper Group in the ongoing FERC investigation into the rates of Northern Natural Gas Company.
  • Assisted Bluewater Gas Storage with federal permitting and commercial matters relating to constructing, owning and operating a new compressor station in Macomb County, Michigan.

Venable LLP

Venable LLP regularly represents shippers and pipeline companies in regulatory matters. Steven Adducci is an experienced regulatory attorney, who is notably active in acting for shippers in rate and tariff cases. Gregory Wagner is also a key contact for oil and gas shippers, LNG project developers and gas marketers, representing them before FERC, state regulatory authorities and the courts of appeal.