Energy & Natural Resources
Babst Calland’s land use attorneys have handled the myriad of issues which arise at the local government level related to mining and natural gas extraction, processing and transmission. With respect to zoning and other land use issues, our attorneys:
- Monitor municipal ordinance developments throughout the Commonwealth on behalf of individual clients and trade organizations.
- Identify and evaluate up-front the specific ordinance requirements and processes on a community-by-community basis.
- Develop a community specific application and permitting template for use by our clients’ permitting and land personnel.
- Handle special exception, conditional use and other public hearings for mines, wells, pipelines, compressor stations and processing facilities.
- Work to facilitate voluntary amendments to local ordinances that unduly restrict energy development activity, or where necessary, develop appropriate legal challenge strategies on behalf of energy clients, teaming with our energy litigation lawyers.
- Address potential application of subdivision and land development and stormwater management ordinances.
- Advise natural gas clients on the ramifications of the recently adopted comprehensive overhaul of the Commonwealth’s regulation of the industry (Act 13), and Department of Environmental Protection and Public Utility Commission implementation of and litigation surrounding it.
In addition to traditional land use issues, Babst Calland attorneys regularly advise energy clients on related local government matters, including:
- The enforcement and legality of noise restrictions.
- Excess maintenance (heavy hauling) agreements and associated bonding requirements on weight restricted roads.
- The legality of excessive permitting fees.
- Right-to-Know Law (Pennsylvania’s Freedom of Information Act) requests and Sunshine Act (Open Meetings) issues.
- Local earned income, local service and real estate “clean and green” taxes.
– Blaine A. Lucas