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Energy & Natural Resources

Our energy and natural resources lawyers represent many clients in energy and natural resources matters. We have served the energy industry for more than 50 years. Our clients include oil and gas operators and producers, pipeline companies, transporters, marketers, joint venturers, public utilities, commercial and industrial end users and trade associations.

Our long-term experience serving the energy industry has provided our lawyers with the expertise needed to serve clients seeking to use and develop other natural resources. We have been at the forefront of the development of both the Michigan common law relating to the use of natural resources such as water, and legislative and administrative provisions and policies pertaining to such resources. 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.

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 these and other issues affecting the energy industry. We represent clients before federal and state courts, at both trial and appellate levels, and administrative agencies, including the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, 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
  • 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 storage, sequestration and disposal projects
  • Water bottling operations
  • Wind power projects

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