Land Use, Natural Resources and Permitting
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer attorneys have represented, companies, individuals, governments, and Native American Tribes in a broad array of matters affecting the environment, public and private lands, water, and recreation. We have extensive experience with both federal and state environmental review regimes (e.g., NEPA, SEQRA and CEQA) and have developed the skills and the relationships necessary to secure successful outcomes quickly and efficiently.
Our attorneys have served in a variety of federal and state agencies, including as Under Secretary for the United States Department of Agriculture (in charge of the U.S. Forest Service), Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Chair of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission, and others. Our work has included representing clients before the EPA, Forest Service, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to name a few. We have also worked extensively with a broad array of state water, water quality, land, wildlife, public utility, and environmental agencies.
Our experience includes:
- Expediting the permitting and environmental reviews for large infrastructure and energy projects.
- Securing incidental take permits under the Endangered Species Act.
- Negotiating leases, drilling permits, environmental reviews, and water rights for oil & gas clients.
- Obtaining public land special use permits, rights of ways, land exchanges for recreation, utility, mining, energy, and timber companies.
- Representing Tribes in negotiations and litigation with the federal government, other tribes, states and private parties related to water and land rights, energy leases, grazing leases, and religious rights.