Michael R. Pincus

Partner

202.298.1833

mrp@vnf.com

Assistant

1050 Thomas Jefferson Street NW
Seventh Floor
Washington, DC 20007

Select Recent Natural Gas Matters

  • Representing a new natural gas pipeline company prosecuting its application before FERC for authorization to construct and operate a new 300-mile pipeline in the Mid-Atlantic region. 
  • Successfully represented a new natural gas pipeline company in obtaining FERC certificate authorization for a new pipeline in Florida, including drafting and implementing the pipeline’s tariff. 
  • Successfully obtained, on behalf of a client, FERC authorization for new LNG liquefaction and export facilities at an existing LNG import terminal. 
  • Represent multiple pipeline companies on expansion projects to support new LNG export facilities.
  • Representing a natural gas pipeline company before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia circuit seeking to require a state permitting to issue Clean Air Act permits. 
  • Successfully obtained FERC certificate authorization for a pipeline expansion project, including completion of National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 consultation process with several American Indian tribes.
  • Advised multiple clients on the FERC issues related to the investment in new and existing natural gas pipeline facilities and LNG export terminals.
  • Assisted several clients before FERC to abandon a portion of their interstate transportation systems in order to convert the facilities to oil and natural gas liquids service.
  • Represented a natural gas pipeline client in its FERC application to construct a new pipeline across the U.S.-Mexico border and for authorization to export natural gas to Mexico.
  • Represented a natural gas pipeline company in a complaint proceeding at FERC related to landowner issues. 

Select Recent Hydropower Matters

  • Advises a FERC licensee preparing for a complex relicensing involving a large FERC-licensed project with multiple power developments and a co-licensee.
  • Advised FERC hydropower licensees regarding the status of lands within its FERC project boundary.
  • Represented a FERC license applicant for a hydropower license in a dispute over the amount and type of studies FERC required under the Integrated Licensing Process.
  • Advised a FERC licensee on its responsibilities under the Clean Water Act for the expansion of its facilities.

Publications

FERC Pipeline Siting Program Deals with Legal Challenges

Natural Resources & Environment, Vol. 30 Issue 4 pp. 44
04/19/2016

New Hydropower Laws for Irrigators: New Challenges and Opportunities

Irrigation Leader, Vol. 4 Issue 9 pp. 26
10/01/2013

Presentations

2017 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference

Moderator, "Pipeline Development and the Struggle Between Local, State, and Federal Regulations"
Washington, DC
04/03/2017

2016 EBA Primer Series: An Introduction to Federal Regulation of the Natural Gas Industry

Speaker, "Natural Gas Act Section 7: Constructing and Abandoning Pipelines"
The Energy Bar Association
New Orleans, LA
11/03/2016

2016 INGAA Planning Meeting

Panelist, "Pipelines Under Pressure"
Arlington, VA
01/14/2016

EBA's Natural Gas Primer: An Introduction to FERC Regulation of the Natural Gas Industry

"Natural Gas Act Section 7: Constructing and Abandoning Pipelines"
Energy Bar Association
Chicago, IL
05/19/2014