At Alston & Bird, we have extensive experience with many aspects of shale oil and gas extraction—and because we began advising clients on this complicated issue well before it became popular in the media and among plaintiffs’ attorneys, we bring a depth of perspective and insight to the table. Our range of experience allows us to quickly and efficiently bring the right focus to shale gas extraction-related issues.
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business describes us as “a phenomenal group at the top of the industry,” in addition to selecting eight of our attorneys as leaders in the field of environmental law. Various members of Alston & Bird’s environmental and toxic torts practices have also been named as leaders in the field by inclusion in reputable peer-based publications, including The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal, Super Lawyers and Georgia Trend magazines.
- Assisting issuers throughout the southern states in joint action purchases of natural gas reserves and prepaid supplies nationwide as bond counsel, special tax counsel, gas counsel and issuer’s counsel.
- Advising a multistate joint action agency comprising seven individual joint action agencies in five states in its formation, initial contracting and natural gas reserve acquisition financing.
- Counsel on hydraulic fracturing-specific due diligence issues for M&A work.
- Represented a field services company in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice criminal and civil investigation of alleged Clean Water Act violations for illegal discharges of exploration and production wastewater.
- Represented a field services company with regard to congressional investigations into fracturing practices and an anticipated EPA investigation regarding allegations of permitting violations under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
- Advised energy sector clients, including field services companies, major midstream sector companies and technology developers, regarding the statutory and regulatory environment governing shale gas extraction in the United States and Canada, including real-time tracking of potential changes in this environment.
- Advised clients regarding chemical exposure related to hydraulic fracturing.
- Counseled clients regarding public relations and crisis management issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing and resource extraction.
- Advised clients regarding the public response to scientific publications on hydraulic fracturing.
- Evaluated submissions for EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program, Clean Air Act New Source Performance Standards, National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants and Natural Gas STAR Program.
- Analyzed nationwide litigation surrounding shale gas extraction and identified developing trends and potential strategies for minimizing risk going forward.
- Created an expansive database for a leading industry trade association of scientific literature regarding the alleged environmental and health effects associated with shale gas extraction.
- Retained experts to analyze and address shale gas extraction issues in a variety of relevant fields, including air emissions modeling, geology, hydrogeology, industrial hygiene, environmental risk assessment, epidemiology, petroleum engineering, seismology, toxicology, and veterinary medicine.