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NEPA & Historic Preservation

The lawyers of Crowell & Moring's Energy, Environment and Resources Group are experienced in guiding land developers, mining and timber companies, oil and gas resource developers, telecommunications providers, renewable energy firms, municipalities, counties, states, and trade associations through the complex environmental planning and historic review requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). We work closely with federal agencies to ensure that NEPA and NHPA documents provide robust environmental analyses and conclusions that will withstand legal challenge. We also defend those planning efforts when they are challenged in court by citizen groups, neighboring landowners, and others, and when they are threatened by undue federal regulatory constraints.

Recent engagements include representing numerous oil and gas companies in developing environmental documentation, communicating with federal agencies, and intervening in and defending against NEPA and NHPA-based challenges to onshore and offshore mineral and resource development projects in California, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and Montana. We have counseled companies with mining, oil and gas, and other natural resource interests in matters involving mineral rights, hardrock mining regulations, expansions of mining operations, access to private mineral rights on federal lands, and federal land exchanges. We also advise clients on the impact of federal statutes such as the Healthy Forests Restoration Act, the National Forest Management Act, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act, the Wilderness Act, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and federal wildlife protection laws.

Our ability to work closely with government officials while vigorously representing our clients' interests is a signature of our firm. We have interacted successfully with senior administrators of the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in such diverse matters as copper, silver and gold mines, military training routes, timber harvesting contracts, flood control projects, siting of telecommunications and renewable energy facilities, construction of bridges, highways and logging roads, and the development and implementation of conservation agreements.