Jackson Walker has been a “go-to” law firm in Texas in the oil, gas and mineral industry for more than 125 years. Our attorneys represent a variety of lignite, uranium, aggregate, concrete and cement mining, recovery and production facilities in Texas and across the United States. This experience is not just legal, but also technical and operational, as several of our attorneys have scientific backgrounds in matters related to the hard minerals industry (engineering, environmental toxicology and biology). Many of them have worked as staff attorneys for relevant regulatory agencies (EPA, TCEQ, Railroad Commission of Texas). That knowledge assures each client a thorough understanding of the business and regulatory requirements needed to assure projects are properly permitted and operated in accordance with regulatory standards.
Our practice group was recognized in the 2010 edition of the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings, receiving a “Tier One” metropolitan rating for Houston in Natural Resources Law.
Our Approach: Collaborative. Problem-solving.
Jackson Walker takes a collaborative, problem-solving approach to its practice. Our goal is to meet our clients’ needs, no matter how challenging. Our team draws upon the industry-specific experience and knowledge of attorneys practicing in areas of law that are fundamental to a successful transaction, including energy, tax, securities, regulatory, intellectual property, litigation, bankruptcy and environmental matters.
- Representation of mining companies to obtain and renew both federal and state mine permits, with ongoing compliance matters, preparation of financial bond packages and permit transfers before the Railroad Commission of Texas, the TCEQ, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the EPA.
- Representation of several mining companies in NEPA-related matters associated with historic NPDES permit-triggered and ongoing 404 Wetlands-triggered NEPA reviews.
- Representation of Texas Westmoreland Coal Company and North American Coal Corporation in connection with interplay of NEPA with various prospective projects and in ongoing air, water, and waste permit matters.
- Representation of the Texas Lignite and Electrical Generating Industries before EPA and TCEQ regarding the implementation of the Clean Air Interstate Rule, the Clean Air Mercury Rule, and the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston/Galveston State Implementation Plans. Representation included the development of emissions specifications for attainment demonstrations and system cap compliance mechanisms.
- Representation of the Gulf Coast Lignite Coalition, the Clean Coal Technology Foundation of Texas, the Coal Combustion Products Coalition, and the Texas Mining and Reclamation Association as industry counsel, compliance counselor and policy advocate for the majority of lignite-fired electric generation and lignite mining in Texas.
- Representation of privately-owned uranium producer in the exchange of uranium mining leases in South Texas for uranium mining properties in western New Mexico.
- Representation of trade associations in rulemaking processes, including TCEQ’s Overburden Removal Policy, Sand and Gravel Permit by Rule, the Anti-Circumvention Rule, and EPA’s CCR and Greenhouse Gas initiatives.
- Representation of a client in the application process which led to recognition as the “2010 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Winner.”
Assist clients with the preparation of full mine permit applications including complete project management from initial baseline work and submittal packages through final permit approval.
- Representation of a large chemical company with a variety of highly contested state regulatory matters. In particular, one JW attorney with experience in environmental toxicology helped design a short-term ambient monitoring study that was used to prove that the site in question had little or no impact to the local air quality.
- Representation of a large construction firm at SOAH on an air permit application for a new concrete batch plant.
Representation of client in negotiations regarding leasing and valuation of mineral interests in conjunction with nuclear waste disposal permit process at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
- Representation of a limestone quarry to develop and gain approval for a Water Pollution Abatement Plan Permit from TCEQ that was also consistent with the City of Dripping Springs Development Ordinance.
- Representation of lignite mining operators in obtaining both water quality and water use permits.
Assist clients (e.g., concrete batch plants) in using the Texas Environmental Health and Safety Audit Privilege to comply with state environmental laws.
- Representation of clients in contested administrative proceedings, including proceedings with Hearings Examiners of the Railroad Commission of Texas and Administrative Law Judges at SOAH.