Energy & Natural Resources
Pipeline & HazMat Safety
Babst Calland’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Practice Group represents clients throughout the United States on matters relating to pipeline safety and the transportation of hazardous materials. Led by former attorneys for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), the agency that regulates the safety of the nation’s vast network of oil and gas pipelines and multimodal operations for the transportation of hazardous materials, the group’s strength is its expertise and experience. Our clients include pipeline and midstream companies, public utilities, terminal operators, trade associations, and other stakeholders in the energy and transportation industries.
The Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Practice Group offers a broad range of PHMSA-related services:
- Preventative & Strategic Counseling
- Compliance Programs
- Audits, Inspections, and Investigations
- Enforcement Actions
- Special Permits
- Rulemaking Proceedings
- Due Diligence
Our attorneys assist clients by addressing day-to-day compliance questions, helping to prepare for audits and inspections, providing representation in enforcement proceedings initiated by PHMSA and its state partners, and litigating challenges to agency action in the state and federal courts. We also assist clients in obtaining special permits, responding to incidents, and participating in rulemaking proceedings. Finally, we provide strategic counseling on legislative and regulatory affairs and transactional matters related to the divestiture and acquisition of pipeline facilities.
In addition to offering these services, our attorneys are active in several of the nation’s leading trade organizations for the oil and gas and pipeline industries, including the Marcellus Shale Coalition, Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association, the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association. They have also participated in other critical stakeholder initiatives, such as the Pennsylvania Governor’s Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force, and are frequent speakers at industry events across the country.
“With an office in Washington, D.C. we are very knowledgeable about developments from a federal regulatory perspective. When it comes to legislative and rulemaking developments, we are involved with regulators on a daily basis to help strategically shape ‘the broader conversation’ about pipeline safety and the transportation of hazardous materials on behalf of our clients.”
– James Curry