Our environmental attorneys collaborate with the firm's Energy and Project Finance Group to help clients develop, sell, acquire, repower, invest in, or finance all forms of conventional, alternative, and nuclear-energy projects and operations. Ballard Spahr attorneys have worked on large projects powered by a variety of fossil fuels and a growing number of renewable-energy projects.

Our services include:

  • Assisting in the acquisition of environmental permits and siting approvals
  • Undertaking litigation to challenge permit terms, defending third-party challenges to project approvals, and defending enforcement, nuisance, or other claims brought under federal, state, or local environmental laws by regulatory agencies or private parties
  • Counseling on environmental impact analyses and greenhouse gas management
  • Conducting environmental due diligence
  • Negotiating project agreements that allocate environmental responsibilities, obligations, and liabilities

Our project experience includes:

  • All forms of traditional fossil fuel-based projects
  • Alternative-energy projects, including waste-to-energy, biomass, landfill gas, and renewable-energy (including wind and solar) projects
  • Nuclear-power projects

We represent a broad range of clients with operations supporting electric generation, including coal mining, ash disposition, oil and gas wells, and natural gas terminals and transmission lines, for example, in:

  • Representing major energy clients in analyzing, commenting on (with technical and economic support), and litigating over national and regional air, water, and waste regulations 
  • Helping clients qualify for emission reduction credits and renewable-energy credits, and managing emissions allowance budgets and procurement to help maximize economic returns 
  • Advising and representing clients on managing waste and by-product produced as part of electricity generation