Environmental Law

Stone Pigman attorneys counsel corporate and individual clients on complex regulatory problems regarding permitting, regulatory and compliance issues. We represent a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from landfill owners and operators, oil and gas exploration and production operators, chemical plants, refineries and manufacturers, to developers, landowners and financial institutions. Our extensive practice includes all substantive areas of environmental law, encompassing:

Practice Contacts

  • Solid and hazardous waste
  • Water quality
  • Air quality
  • Storage tanks
  • Site remediation and Brownfields redevelopment
  • Radioactive materials, including NORM
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Toxic substances regulation
  • Wetlands
  • Endangered species
  • NEPA
  • Natural Resource Damages
  • Oil pollution
  • Asbestos
  • OSHA
  • Land use
  • Historic preservation

Stone Pigman advises clients on applicable laws and regulatory requirements related to ongoing operations, as well as those pertaining to the construction of new facilities and modification of existing facilities.  We monitor and provide input on legislation and agency rulemaking and policy development.  Stone Pigman lawyers resolve tough regulatory problems and provide our clients with zealous, efficient and effective representation.

Stone Pigman routinely helps clients properly scope environmental due diligence investigations, prepare requests for proposals from environmental consultants to perform environmental investigations and interpret and understand the legal ramifications of environmental investigations and how those investigations impact transactions.  We structure and negotiate transactions involving the purchase and development of Brownfields properties.  We also structure and negotiate land remediation plans and proposals with landowners and state agencies for property impacted by oil and gas exploration and production activities.  We work closely with clients and their other professional advisors to streamline environmental due diligence to identify environmental risks and to devise creative and efficient ways to manage and address them.  Our experience representing clients in regulatory matters involving compliance and site remediation enables us to recognize environmental risks and to devise practical mitigation options to timely and successfully conclude transactions.

Our environmental and transactional lawyers work together to assist clients on the environmental aspects of corporate disclosures required by other regulatory programs such as the SEC and FTC. 

Stone Pigman represents clients before regulatory agencies in negotiations and related administrative and judicial litigation, including:

  • Administrative, civil and criminal enforcement actions
  • Administrative appeals
  • Citizen suits
  • Permit proceedings
  • Rule challenges

 A few examples of Stone Pigman's recent representations include:

  • Negotiating remediation plans with landowners and state agencies on behalf of major and independent oil and gas companies.
  • Representing a refinery in connection with administrative enforcement actions involving alleged air and water permit violations brought by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Negotiating settlement agreements with the Department of Environmental Quality on behalf of a large industrial client.
  • Performing environmental assessments on behalf of a large solid waste disposal facility.
  • Representing a large corporate client before the Corps of Engineers and local officials in connection with the use of construction materials for levee construction.
  • Representing a large construction and demolition debris landfill on a major permit modification for an existing facility.
  • Representing a landfill before the Corps of Engineers in connection with wetlands delineation.
  • Representing a large real estate developer in criminal and civil enforcement actions for alleged Clean Water Act violations.

 Environmental, Toxic Tort and Property Damage  Litigation

 Stone Pigman environmental litigators represent clients in environmental judicial and administrative litigation, including:

  • Civil, criminal, and administrative enforcement actions
  • Governmental and private party Superfund and related litigation
  • Citizen suits
  • Permit proceedings
  • Administrative appeals
  • Rule challenges

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