Matthew A. Love

Partner

206.829.1809

mal@vnf.com

Assistant

Millennium Tower
719 Second Avenue Suite 1150
Seattle, WA 98104
  • Provides the City of Tacoma with relicensing and litigation counsel, for the 131 megawatt (MW) Cushman Hydroelectric Project, resulting in an historic settlement of one of the longest lasting relicensing cases at FERC as well as the settlement of a federal court lawsuit involving a damage claim by the Skokomish Indian Tribe.
  • Counsels Roza Irrigation District on all aspects of federal and state environmental permitting and use authorization for a proposed floating pumping plant located within the boundary of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Kachess Reservoir.
  • Represents the Port of Kalama, co-applicant with Northwest Innovation Works, in the development of a methanol manufacturing plant, new dock and marine transfer facility, and other associated process elements.  Work includes overseeing the environmental review and all aspects of federal, state, and local air, water and land use permitting, including Section 10 and 404 permits, and ESA and NEPA compliance. 
  • Counsels clients on ESA compliance and litigation issues, including listing, critical habitat designation, consultation, and reintroduction of listed species.
  • Provides Snohomish County Public Utility District with relicensing and compliance counsel for the 111 MW Jackson Project, Admiralty Inlet Project, and other hydropower projects.
  • Provides Alaska Energy Authority with licensing counsel for the proposed 600 MW Susitna-Watana hydroelectric project.
  • Provides the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes with licensing and compliance counsel for the 190 MW Kerr hydroelectric project.
  • Advises and counsels on CWA Section 401 certifications, the ESA, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the NEPA and Indian law matters for hydroelectric projects and on ESA and NEPA matters for wind and pipeline projects.
  • As a pro bono matter through the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in 2016, successfully represented a Cameroonian woman seeking asylum for human rights violations.

Publications

Geothermal Transparency Guide

pp. 143-152
01/13/2017

Chapter 1: National Environmental Policy Act

Washington Real Property Desk Book, Washington State Bar Association (4th ed. 2013), Vol. 7
10/01/2013

Federal Environmental Law Update (May 2012)

Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter, Washington State Bar Association, Vol. 39 Issue 1 pp. 16
05/01/2012

Federal Environmental Law Update (Dec. 2011)

Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter, Washington State Bar Association, Vol. 38 Issue 3 pp. 7
12/01/2011

Federal Environmental Law Update (June 2011)

Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter, Washington State Bar Association, Vol. 38 Issue 1 pp. 9
06/01/2011

Protecting Tribal Fishing Rights: Fixing Culverts that Block Fish Passage

The Water Report, Issue 81 pp. 22
11/15/2010

Presentations

Comprehensive Review of Hydropower in the Northwest

Co-presenter, "Hydropower Litigation Update," and Panelist, "Tidal Energy Proposals"
The Seminar Group
Seattle, WA
10/09/2014

2014 Environmental and Land Use Law Midyear Meeting & Conference

Co-presenter, "Environmental Case Law Update"
Washington State Bar Association
Cle Elum, WA
05/01/2014

NHA 2011 Alaska Regional Meeting

"Mandatory Conditions – Overview of FPA Section 4(e) and 18 Conditions and Other Federal Conditions"
National Hydropower Association
Girdwood, AK
08/30/2011

Changes Affecting Hydropower Projects

"National legislation and litigation update"
Seattle, WA
10/23/2008

Alternative Energy: Regulations & Technical Developments

"Hydropower Licensing Update: Cushman Case"
The Seminar Group
Seattle, WA
10/18/2007

APPA Annual Legal Seminar 2007

"Hydropower Judicial Update: ESA Issues"
American Public Power Association
Seattle, WA
10/17/2007