Natural Resources and Environmental Law

Natural Resources and Energy Law

At BHBC, we simplify the process of resource development for our clients. We achieve this goal by leveraging BHBC’s extensive experience against the issues that typically arise during the course of public and private projects. We aid our clients in funding, permitting, and developing, and we protect our clients in dispute resolution when necessary.

Specialized skills are needed to maintain comprehensive natural resources and energy law practices, and BHBC has that essential expertise in:

  • Natural resources
  • Land
  • Land exchange
  • Water
  • Wildlife
  • Environmental law
  • Energy law

Our attorneys’ in-depth understanding and extensive experience in these specialized areas give us the capability to respond rapidly and effectively to our clients’ needs. BHBC can deploy sophisticated multi-disciplinary teams to address a panoply of legal issues drawing on the skills of our other practice groups, including commercial transactions, litigation, and bankruptcy.

Our large natural resources law practice covers the administrative, judicial, and legislative arenas. BHBC specializes in representing private landowners, assisting them in negotiating and drafting unit agreements, transportation agreements, leases, pipeline easements, surface use permits, and seismic and other contracts. We ensure they benefit from the development of their natural resources without exposing themselves to undue risk. We have also represented certain natural resources industries in their efforts to acquire permits and government approvals in conjunction with mining developments. As a result, we are intimately familiar with myriad state and federal environmental regulations.

BHBC has worked with many federal and state land agencies, such as the Army Corps of Engineers, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Forest Service. We advise clients on environmental review requirements and we craft strategic approaches to minimize litigation risks. We handle environmental permitting and statutory compliance issues. When necessary, we appear in state and federal courts or before regulatory bodies to compel permit and project approvals and to defend approvals against legal challenges.

Throughout Alaska, we advise clients on issues involving environmental compliance, enforcement, and litigation. BHBC has vast experience with federal and state laws pertaining to oil spill response prevention and pollution liability. We have represented numerous interests in connection with claims arising from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and the 1987 Glacier Bay spill in Cook Inlet.

The firm also has unparalleled experience with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), the Asian Elephant Conservation Act (AsECA), the National Forest Management Act (NFMA), and many other federal and state laws, regulations, treaties, rules, and procedures.

BHBC is the legal firm of choice for national park concessionaires, oil and gas refining and transmission companies, electric utilities, guides and outfitters, recreational interests, entertainment corporations, mining corporations, landowners, sportsmen, and aquaria in a variety of wildlife matters. Our accomplished attorneys are an established presence on Capitol Hill, representing clients before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the House Committee on Appropriations, the House Committee on Natural Resources, and more.

BHBC also represents energy clients engaged in oil and gas development, financing and constructing energy infrastructure, and power generation operations. We also represent landowners, Alaska Native corporations, and other interests that are impacted by energy project development. We assist energy clients on related business issues such as acquisitions, financing, federal government contracting, enforcement, labor, and other corporate and transactional matters.

Energy utility regulation is a major practice area for the firm. BHBC represents electric and gas utilities before state public utilities commissions in certification, rate, and rate design proceedings, as well as rulemakings. We handle complex appeals of state utility decisions. Our state regulatory practice includes representation of renewable energy companies that use resources as diverse as wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass. We also represent clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on hydroelectric licensing and other issues.

BHBC’s energy lawyers are veteran leaders in this specialized field.  We offer knowledge developed from years practicing energy law and bring extensive experience in related environmental, legislative, natural resources, public utility, and financing fields.