Oil Pipelines


For more than three decades, we have represented the State of Alaska in all of its oil pipeline matters before FERC. On the Trans-Alaska Pipeline (TAPS), at both the FERC and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, the rate litigation and settlements have resulted in more than $7 billion of increased royalties and production tax revenues to the State. We have addressed issues such as quality banks, pumpability factors, remediation costs for corrosion repairs and deficient management practices, and inclusion of settlement costs related to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. We also advise other market participants on FERC’s rules and policies regarding rates, access, terms, and conditions of service on oil pipelines.

Representative Experience

  • The State of Alaska in multiple rate proceedings before FERC and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska resulting in over $7 billion of increased royalties and production tax revenue to the State.
  • The State of Alaska in a challenge to claims by the “TAPS Carriers” (BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, ConocoPhillips Transportation Alaska Inc., Unocal Pipeline Company, and Koch Alaska Pipeline Company, L.L.C.) to recover more than $750 million in construction project costs. In February 2014, the Administrative Law Judge issued a 542-page Initial Decision following more than eight years of litigation in which she found that the TAPS Carriers mismanaged the conception, planning, and execution of the project and the resulting costs, more than triple the original estimate, were unreasonable and imprudently incurred. The Initial Decision is projected to result in a disallowance of $525 million in project expenses.
  • Plains All American Pipeline, L.P (a subsidiary of Pacific Pipeline System LLC), in all regulatory matters before the CPUC, including rate filings and applications as well as applications, for change of control and sales of property.

The State of Alaska in multiple rate proceedings before FERC and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska resulting in over $7 billion of increased royalties and production tax revenue to the State.


The State of Alaska in a challenge to claims by the “TAPS Carriers” (BP Pipelines (Alaska) Inc., ExxonMobil Pipeline Company, ConocoPhillips Transportation Alaska Inc., Unocal Pipeline Company, and Koch Alaska Pipeline Company, L.L.C.) to recover more than $750 million in construction project costs. In February 2014, the Administrative Law Judge issued a 542-page Initial Decision following more than eight years of litigation in which she found that the TAPS Carriers mismanaged the conception, planning, and execution of the project and the resulting costs, more than triple the original estimate, were unreasonable and imprudently incurred. The Initial Decision is projected to result in a disallowance of $525 million in project expenses.


Plains All American Pipeline, L.P (a subsidiary of Pacific Pipeline System LLC), in all regulatory matters before the CPUC, including rate filings and applications as well as applications, for change of control and sales of property.

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