Navigating Federal Statutes, Land Access, Regulatory Compliance and Litigation
At Beatty & Wozniak, P.C. our federal practice attorneys advise clients on a wide range of matters involving federal laws, regulations, policies, and permits, including consulting on litigation risk management, pursuing federal litigation, and commencing adjudicatory proceedings before federal agencies.
Our clients include exploration and production companies, midstream companies, renewable energy companies, pipelines, electric transmission project proponents, critical mineral companies, and companies engaged in carbon capture and storage.
Our team handles leasing, permitting, compliance, and litigation related to a multitude of federal statutes, including:
- Mineral Leasing Act
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
- Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act
- Endangered Species Act (ESA)
- Migratory Bird Treaty Act
- Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
- National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
- Federal Lands Policy and Management Act (FLPMA)
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Our attorneys advise companies on access to federal lands for energy development, including all aspects of oil and gas leasing, exploration, and permitting involving federal and tribal minerals. They also counsel companies on a variety of infrastructure and renewable energy projects on federal and tribal lands, including rights-of-way, federal land access and project permitting. In this role, our attorneys focus on efficiently navigating the federal political and permitting processes and doing so in a manner that also minimizes litigation risk.
Federal Lands, Leasing, and Development
Our attorneys engage federal regulators and political leaders at numerous federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), U.S. Forest Service, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to advocate in support of our clients’ business and project goals.
We also engage and seek the support of state agencies, local officials, advocacy organizations, and federal legislators regarding federal policy and regulatory issues.
Our federal practice attorneys specialize in front-end regulatory counseling regarding federal oil and gas leasing and permitting projects with the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. In this role, we work with companies to facilitate federal lease issuance, as well as structure siting, permitting and environmental documentation to facilitate efficient project authorizations and permit approvals, while at the same time minimizing litigation risk from anti-development organizations.
Project Planning, Compliance, and Litigation
We have extensive experience in advising companies on regulatory compliance matters, including:
- Federal lease stipulations and conditions of approval
- Federal Units (Exploratory and Secondary Recovery)
- Communitization Agreements
- NEPA Compliance
- Air and Water Quality Compliance
- Wildlife and Sensitive Species Management
We work with our clients and federal regulators on the front end to ensure land use permits comply with applicable regulatory requirements. And when our clients need regulatory assistance on compliance matters our team works closely with our clients and federal regulators to achieve positive outcomes for the client and the local community.
We also guide our clients through species management issues at the federal and state levels, including issues involving endangered, threatened, and sensitive species, such as the greater sage grouse and the lesser prairie chicken as well as addressing migratory bird, big game, and other species issues.
Our attorneys routinely represent companies in federal courts and administrative litigation before the Interior Board of Land Appeals and U. S. Forest Service. We represent clients in legal proceedings related to federal leasing, seismic survey permits, oil and gas development projects, rights-of-way, royalty payments and disputes, drilling permits, and compliance with the myriad of federal statutes. We also work with clients confronted with federal investigations, subpoenas, and enforcement proceedings.