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Energy & Natural Resources

Our energy and natural resources lawyers represent many clients in energy and natural resources matters. 

Our 50 plus year experience serving the oil and gas industry has provided our lawyers with the expertise needed to serve clients seeking to use and develop these natural resources. We have also been at the forefront of the development of both the Michigan common law and statutory law relating to the use of natural resources such as water. We have extensive experience in the acquisition, permitting, use and protection of underground formations for storage, sequestration and disposal projects. We have assisted clients in the development of alternative energy projects such as ethanol facilities and wind turbine fields.  We have worked with clients in the exploration, development and operations of mineral mining projects.

Our energy and natural resources lawyers regularly participate in the drafting of state legislation and administrative rules and regulations, and often testify at public hearings relating to issues affecting energy and natural resources. We represent clients before federal and state courts, at both trial and appellate levels, and administrative agencies, including the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Public Service Commission and others.

Our energy and natural resource services include the following:

  • Administrative proceedings
  • Condemnation
  • Division order title opinions
  • Drilling title opinions
  • Environmental law matters
  • Ethanol and biofuels projects
  • Gas storage fields
  • Legislation and lobbying
  • Oil and gas financing
  • Oil and gas leases
  • Surface and subsurface mineral projects
  • Oil and gas litigation
  • Petroleum refinery permitting
  • Pipelines and right of way acquisition
  • Public utility matters
  • Surface and subsurface water rights
  • Transactions and agreements
  • Underground injection wells
  • Underground carbon storage, sequestration and disposal projects
  • Water bottling operations
  • Wind power projects
  • Solar energy projects


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