At the federal and state levels, we work with clients to develop innovative business solutions to ongoing challenges in natural gas regulation.
We have extensive experience at FERC in all aspects of natural gas regulation and compliance, including: certification of new facilities; exports and imports; ratemaking and tariff design; capacity release; storage and pipeline capacity; market behavior rules; price indices; negotiated and discounted rates; mergers, acquisitions, and changes in control; investigations; and both trial and appellate litigation. Our lawyers have played an active role in addressing broad policy issues before FERC in rulemaking proceedings and notices of inquiry, and through direct interaction with key agency personnel at all levels. Our energy regulatory attorneys are skilled in alternative dispute resolution, and have taken leading roles in multiparty settlements and negotiations.
Pipelines and Ports
We represented Alaska in energy royalty, tax, and bankruptcy cases, and were counsel to many state administrations on the development of the Alaska gas pipeline, the world’s largest energy project. We served as lead counsel to the Liberty Natural Gas project before its reorganization, which involved developing a $750 billion deepwater port and pipeline to be licensed by the Maritime Administration and the FERC.
We have a deep understanding of the LNG business, from siting and development of terminals and pipelines through sale, trading, exportation and importation, and the related regulatory issues. Our lawyers have represented project developers, equity investors, offtakers, and governmental authorities on a broad range of LNG issues. Our work includes negotiation of investment agreements, preparing gas procurement and LNG sales contracts, and negotiation of project joint venture or shareholding arrangements. We have assisted clients with project coordination and advance planning to ensure that all contractual arrangements in the LNG chain—for term, quantity, quality, force majeure, default, damages, and termination, as well as regulatory requirements at FERC, DOE, and elsewhere — are satisfied.
At the state level, local distribution companies face continuing challenges on federal and state gas regulatory laws, developments, and policies impacting their business. Our lawyers helped establish unbundling programs for residential and small commercial customers at the local level, advised on legislative and administrative unbundling programs, and currently advise on a range of CFTC and Dodd-Frank issues.
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