Natural Gas & Oil

As a recognized leader in the Natural Gas & Oil industry, Van Ness Feldman provides comprehensive services to the companies operating in the areas natural gas, oil, and refined products. We advise clients at every stage of the oil and natural gas infrastructure development process, including pre-development, project structuring, development, permitting, construction, operation, expansion, continuing regulatory compliance, and ongoing transactional services. 

Honored by Chambers USA as “the premier energy boutique in the USA,” Van Ness Feldman represents clients in almost every component of the oil, refined products, and natural gas industries, including the firm’s involvement in two of the largest natural  gas pipeline projects  ever constructed in North America—the Rockies Express Pipeline and the Alaska Gas Pipeline—and a number of other  pipelines developed to access shale gas reserves. In addition, the firm serves as legal counsel to numerous oil and refined product pipelines, interest holders, refiners, offshore exploration and production companies, offshore drilling companies, and LNG terminal developers.

With one of nation’s most well-renowned natural gas & oil practices, Van Ness Feldman continues to build upon the firm’s long-standing reputation as an industry leader by approaching each project strategically, bringing to bear unparalleled substantive legal expertise, a results-oriented understanding of client’s business goals, and an intimate familiarity with impacts of energy and environmental policy and regulation on large scale energy projects.



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Professionals

Lawrence G. Acker

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1915

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Kelsey A. Bagot

Associate

Washington D.C.

202-298-1817

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Steve Baruch

Senior Energy Analyst

Washington D.C.

202.298.1832

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James P. Bayot

Director, Governmental Issues

Washington D.C.

202.298.1838

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Marco Bracamonte

Paralegal

Washington D.C.

202.298.1924

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John J. Buchovecky

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1887

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Robert F. Christin

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1987

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Maranda S. Compton

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202-298-1806

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Patrick Daugherty

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1810

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Barbara A. Deathe

Paralegal

Washington D.C.

202.298.1804

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Michael Diamond

Associate

Washington D.C.

202.298.1807

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Michael D. Farber

Partner

Washington D.C.

202-298-1803

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Shippen Howe

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1881

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Larry Inouye

Energy Analyst

Washington D.C.

202.298.1943

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A. Gregory Junge

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1945

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Tyson C. Kade

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1948

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Bryn S. Karaus

Associate

Washington D.C.

202-298-1821

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Paul Korman

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1830

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Michael F. McBride

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1989

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Brian J. McManus

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.3720

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Phil Mone

Associate

Washington D.C.

202-298-3721

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Frances Bishop Morris

Associate

Washington D.C.

202-298-1874

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R. Scott Nuzum

Of Counsel

Washington D.C.

202.298.1951

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Susan A. Olenchuk

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1896

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Brian D. O'Neill

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1983

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Michael R. Pincus

Partner

Washington D.C.

202.298.1833

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Darshana Singh

Associate

Washington D.C.

202-298-3736

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Van F. Smith

Associate

Washington D.C.

202.298.1839

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Mona Tandon

Partner

Washington D.C.

202-298-1886

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Jeffery L. Winmill

Associate

Washington D.C.

202.298.1957

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News

Maranda Compton Quoted in Washington Post Regarding Dakota Access Permitting

Coal Utilization Research Council Announces Expanded Mission

FERC Examines New Policy for Income Tax Costs

Van Ness Feldman Elects One New Principal, Five New Partners

Van Ness Feldman Named a "Best Law Firm in the US" for 2017

Van Ness Feldman Expands Litigation and Investigations Practice Welcomes Michael Farber as Partner

For 12th Consecutive Year, Van Ness Feldman Professionals Are Among the Best Lawyers in America

Van Ness Feldman Expands Pipeline Safety Practice

American Gas Foundation and Van Ness Feldman Release Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Study

Van Ness Feldman Named a "Best Law Firm in the US" for 2016

For 11th Consecutive Year, Van Ness Feldman Professionals Are Among the Best Lawyers in America

Keith Coyle Appointed to Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force

AGA and Van Ness Feldman Release 2015-2016 FERC Manual

Van Ness Feldman Prevails on Behalf of MoGas in U.S. Court of Appeals

Van Ness Feldman Welcomes Mona Tandon as Partner

Van Ness Feldman Ranked as a "Best Law Firm in the US" by US News & World Report

For 10th Consecutive Year, Van Ness Feldman Professionals Are Among the Best Lawyers in America

The American Gas Association and Van Ness Feldman Release 2014 FERC Manual

Committed Shipper Rates the Subject of Further Questioning in Seaway Remand

Van Ness Feldman Elects Six New Partners

Van Ness Feldman Named "Best Law Firm" in Multiple Categories for 2014

For 9th Consecutive Year, Van Ness Feldman Professionals Are Among the Best Lawyers in America

The American Gas Association and Van Ness Feldman Release 2013 FERC Manual

26 Van Ness Feldman Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America for 2013

Events

2017 EBA Annual Meeting & Conference

The American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources' 46th Spring Conference

DecomWorld GOM 2017

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

3rd Annual Offshore Well Intervention Gulf of Mexico

The Basics of FERC Ratemaking for Interstate Pipelines

AOPL's Annual Business Conference

AGA 2016 Legal Forum

Energy Bar Association Annual Conference

Webinar: Overview of Natural Gas Pipeline Construction - A Constitution Pipeline Company Case Study

2016 API Pipeline Conference

The Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course

American Gas Association 8th Annual Energy Market Regulation Conference

Shale Insight 2015

AOPL 2015 Annual Business Conference

Energy Exports in the Pacific Northwest

Southern Gas Association's Operating Conference & Exhibits

AGA Legal Forum 2015

6th Annual Pipe Tech Americas Summit

Understanding Appalachian Basin Midstream Assets

9th Annual Gas Processors Association Convention

Webinar: Recent Developments in the Regulation of Small-Scale Liquefaction Facilities

Transportation Forum XI

The Basics of Natural Gas Pipeline Ratemaking Course

Shale Insight 2014

Energy Export Permitting in the Northwest

Webinar: Pipeline Safety Enforcement and Compliance: Recent Trends and Developments

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

Webinar: Shale Gas—Infrastructure, Impacts and Issues

Mobilizing Midstream: A Global Connection - GPA Convention 2014

2014 Pipeline Conference and Cybernetics Symposium

Pipeline Safety Seminar

AGA Energy Market Regulation Conference 2013

Pipeline Safety: A Gateway to Expanded Access to Natural Gas

2013 Managing Marcellus Training Series

NIPPC Annual Meeting 2012

10th Annual Gas and Power Institute

AGA Legal Forum 2010

AGA Executive Conference 2008

Alerts

DC Circuit Hands Pipelines Roadmaps to Construct Projects over Delays by Local Permitting Agencies

D.C. Circuit Upholds Conditional Certificates for Natural Gas Pipelines

Trump Order Sets Up Rollback of Obama Energy and Climate Action

BLM's Final Methane and Waste Prevention Rule Creates Compliance Uncertainty

Obama Administration Seeks Tribal Input on Federal Infrastructure Decisions, Dakota Access Litigation Continues

Federal Intervention in Dakota Access Pipeline Project Focuses on Tribal Consultation Process

Little-Noticed Provision in BSEE's Well Control Rule May Have a Major Impact on Risk Reduction

BOEM Unveils Significant New Supplemental Financial Assurance Requirements in NTL 2016-N01

D.C. Circuit Questions FERC's Income Tax Allowance Policy

EPA Takes Actions to Reduce Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector

Criminal Liability for OCS Contractors Reexamined in Black Elk Decision

BSEE Releases Final Well Control Rule; Implications Still a Concern for Stakeholders

Proposed Air Quality Rules May Pose Challenge to Offshore Oil and Gas Industry

Reflections on the BLM's Proposed Methane and Waste Reduction Rule

FERC Issues Long-awaited Remand Order Responding to Delaware Riverkeeper v. FERC

PHMSA Issues Long-Awaited Proposed Hazardous Liquid Pipeline Rule

EPA Issues Package of Proposed Rules to Reduce Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector

Crude Oil Swaps with Mexico: Is the Export Ban on its Last Legs?

FERC Issues "Best Practices" for Natural Gas Industry Outreach to Stakeholders

FERC Issues Final Audit Reports for Colonial Pipeline Company and Enterprise Product Partners L.P.

Proposed Safety Rule Could Impact Offshore Oil and Gas Operators

BLM Contemplates Oil and Gas Royalty Reform

Interior Releases Proposed Arctic Drilling Rule

Policy Outlook for 2015

Obama Administration Announces Plans to Control Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector

Five Things to Look for in the Obama Methane Policy Announcement

Broad Definition of "Substantial Economic Interest" Permits Standing in Shell Pipeline Co. LP

White House Releases Climate Action Plan to Reduce Methane Emissions

FERC Proposes Reforms to Improve Gas-Electric Scheduling Coordination and Flexibility

OUTLOOK 2014: KEY POLICY DEVELOPMENTS

Fractured Pennsylvania Supreme Court Issues Decision on Constitutionality of Oil and Gas Law

Federal District Court Upholds Criminal Conviction Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act for Bird deaths Resulting from Oil Refinery Operations

U.S. Department of Energy Issues Final Order and "Finding of No Significant Impact" for Sabine Pass Liquefaction Export Project

Summary of Comments in Response to "Coordination between the Natural Gas and Electricity Markets" FERC Docket No. AD12-12-000

Fifth Circuit Vacates FERC Order Requiring Information Posting by Intrastate Pipelines

Updates

Pipeline Safety Update - Issue No. 127

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Pipeline Safety Update - Issue No. 121 Special Edition

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Climate, Energy, & Air Update - Mar. 20 - Apr. 2, 2014

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