Oil & Natural Gas

Participants in today’s oil and gas industry face a host of interrelated challenges as well as opportunities, from cybersecurity risks and environmental compliance, to the development and implementation of new technologies, evolving energy and climate policy, increased infrastructure siting and permitting challenges, and the need for human and financial capital to access unconventional resources.

Troutman Sanders’ energy practice lawyers have experience in the unique and complex issues involved with oil and gas development, exploration, production, gathering and processing, transportation and storage, and local delivery systems. We emphasize a full-service approach to client matters, drawing on the extensive resources of lawyers from across the firm’s core practice areas, including corporate, tax, antitrust, environmental, real estate, government relations and regulatory compliance, project development and finance, energy regulation, and real estate and construction law. We regularly represent interstate and intrastate natural gas pipelines, interstate and intrastate oil and petroleum products pipelines, investors, developers, storage companies, LDCs, large consumers, and natural gas marketing, trading and asset-management companies.

This highly competitive and regulated industry is the focus of intense scrutiny by legislators, law enforcement officials and environmental groups. Our experienced litigators have represented oil, gas and energy clients in a number of high-profile cases and investigations, helping businesses resolve disputes and refocus their attention on their primary mission: helping fuel the global economy.

We have represented national and multinational oil and natural gas companies, financial institutions and investors throughout the United States in matters such as mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, passive equity investments and other transactions. We advise clients in bankruptcies and restructurings, debt and equity financings, bond issues and cross-border listings, and help companies obtain regulatory approvals and licenses. In addition, we have advised sovereign governments, including the governments of Cambodia, Guyana, India, Kazakhstan and Nigeria, in privatizations and restructuring of state-owned assets.

Our energy regulatory, real estate and environmental lawyers counsel clients on siting and construction of pipelines, aboveground tanks and other facilities, including obtaining Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) certificates, easements, rights of way and other means of access to private and public lands. We also deliver rapid, effective guidance in the event of spills and other accidents involving hazardous materials. Additionally, we have represented large foreign and domestic oil, gas, and tank storage companies in connection with the sale and acquisition of pipeline facilities, the negotiation of pipeline easements, and the federal, state, and local regulation of pipeline facilities.

We have substantial experience representing clients in FERC natural gas and oil pipeline tariff and rate proceedings and Office of Enforcement proceedings, including audits, self-reports, and investigations. We have undertaken legal and regulatory compliance audits for several large utilities in different regions of the country, as well as for a large energy trading company, and have developed compliance programs for affiliate standards of conduct and market behavior rules (including price reporting protocols). We have participated in developing, implementing, and complying with all aspects of evolving federal natural gas regulatory policy over the last quarter century, including Order Nos. 436, 636, 637, and 712; FERC policy statements pertaining to pipeline certificates, negotiated rates and its substantially broadened enforcement arena; and many precedent-setting individual cases.

We are working with a regulated utility on all of the environmental aspects of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 550-mile interstate natural gas pipeline designed to connect natural gas supply areas in West Virginia with natural gas customers in Virginia and North Carolina. We are working with in house environmental counsel on everything from the environmental components of the FERC filing, to NEPA process and permitting issues.

Our areas of representation include the following:

Representative Experience

  • Represented a Chinese state-owned enterprise in the acquisition of oil and gas properties in Texas and Louisiana
  • Assisted in Tullow Oil PLC’s acquisition of interest in Hyperdynamics Corporation's oil and gas interest in Guinea; also assisted Tullow Oil PLC with FCPA support. 
  • Represented a major multinational oil company in a dispute with other crude oil producers and shippers over tariff provisions governing an oil pipeline’s quality bank in proceedings before the FERC, Regulatory Commission of Alaska and U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. 
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