|The energy and natural resources industry has undergone a paradigm shift in the past few years, requiring businesses to approach energy issues on a strategic level that encompasses not only how to best maximize their market capitalization and understanding of the law, but also how to engage in business, economic, financial, and political strategy initiatives in a dynamic sector with shifting regulatory demands. Energy clients now rely on, more than ever, a law firm that can provide comprehensive industry knowledge and services while also understanding the client’s business on multiple levels to assist them in achieving their goals. Blank Rome is a law and public strategy firm ranked annually in the Am Law 100 in addition to other publications such as Chambers USA, Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal, and Asia-Pacific 500. Our energy, petrochemical and natural resources (EP & NR) industry practice group consists of over thirty attorneys located throughout Blank Rome’s ten offices in the United States. Our attorneys include the immediate former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, who was involved firsthand in the energy revolution in Pennsylvania and Appalachia; several former high-level executives in major integrated oil and chemical and natural resources companies; a former White House and Bureau of Homeland Security insider; and former officials of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to name a few. What distinguishes our EP & NR industry practice group is our ability to offer our clients a full range of regulatory, transactional, litigation, real estate, leasing, project finance, federal and state taxation, intellectual property, and strategic policy and government relations services. Our combined experience in all aspects of law, public policy, and state and federal government relations brings tremendous value to our clients that cannot be matched in the marketplace.
The following includes some of the representative practices that form part of the EP & NR team.
Shale Gas & Oil
Blank Rome’s shale gas & oil development team is strategically positioned to represent companies involved in the development and production of Marcellus Shale in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as companies seeking to participate or obtain meaningful investments in these plays. We counsel clients in connection with the significant environmental issues arising from exploration and production activities associated with shale development including: allocation of water resources, wastewater and stormwater permitting and management, erosion and sedimentation controls, and groundwater contamination.
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Electricity Generation, Procurement and Transmission, Regulatory, and Litigation
Blank Rome’s energy group assists our electric sector clients, including utilities, renewable energy developers and energy service companies, in a broad range of transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters, such as FERC/NERC compliance, audits, investigations and enforcement, renewable and independent generation development, project finance and related tax structures, electric asset divestitures and acquisitions, generation interconnection, EPC/O&M/PPA/ISDA contracting, retail access markets, wholesale power transactions and derivatives, participation in RTO/ISO markets, renewable energy certificates and portfolio standards, net metering, standby service, distributed generation, energy efficiency contracts and demand response, federal and state regulatory agency collaborative proceedings, evidentiary hearings, and electric rate cases.
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Environmental Litigation and Regulatory Compliance
Blank Rome’s nationally recognized environmental practice provides energy-related counsel to companies in every major business sector, as well as municipal and county governments and redevelopment authorities. If an environmental matter involves executive policy issues or requires legislative input and action, we work on this matter with our affiliate, Blank Rome Government Relations LLC, a leading lobbying and strategic communications firm that monitors and comments upon state and federal agency rulemaking and pending state and federal legislation.
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