Law Firm of the Year, Northeast 2012

Awarded to: K&L Gates LLP

K&L Gates’ oil and gas team includes lawyers located across our global office network representing clients with operations in virtually all of the major oil and natural gas-producing regions around the world.

The Marcellus Shale, currently the hottest natural gas play in North America, could contain more than 500 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas. The opportunities associated with developing a shale play of that magnitude are abundant. Along with these opportunities are numerous concerns such as the technical challenges of drilling, environmental regulation, legal issues such as surface and land use rights, the legislative landscape, and financing alternatives.

We have represented clients in the oil and gas industry in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and New York for decades. Our oil and gas practice is built on a sophisticated and detailed understanding of the legal aspects of exploring for, producing, transporting, storing, marketing, and processing natural gas, coal bed methane, and oil.

K&L Gates’ oil and gas team includes lawyers licensed to practice in the active areas of the Appalachian region, including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, and New York. Several of our partners have extensive prior experience in serving with governmental agencies, including the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PaDEP), the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC), Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC), Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These lawyers also have long-standing relationships with many public officials, including governors, senators, and congressmen, and include former members of the Pennsylvania cabinet in legislative affairs.

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