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Oil and gas: Midstream

Pipelines and other midstream companies play a critical role in the North American oil and gas industry. Norton Rose Fulbright supports the important work of these entities, assisting midstream clients in a diverse array of legal matters spanning the sector.

  • pipelines
  • storage
  • fractionation
  • transportation
  • gas gathering systems

Combined with our broader energy transactional, environmental and energy disputes experience, our specific experience in the midstream sector leaves us well-positioned to serve this part of the energy industry. Our experience in the midstream sector includes recent and significant matters concerning:

  • acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures regarding midstream assets
  • eminent domain and condemnation matters including acquisition of easements for pipeline projects
  • environmental permitting, regulatory interpretation and representation in enforcement actions and environmental litigation regarding midstream assets
  • regulatory advice, including filings for FERC authorization, and management of open season processes for pipelines and other midstream assets
  • tax and corporate advice regarding midstream master limited partnerships (MLPs), including “drop-down” transactions, and midstream IPOs

More specific examples of our midstream and pipeline work:

  • Represented a major pipeline company in the acquisition of rights-of-way for a 400 mile long crude oil common carrier pipeline to be constructed across 1400 tracts of land between the Permian Basin and the Houston Gulf Coast.
  • Advised a North America midstream company in connection with its US $1.15 billion purchase of a 50% interest in a major US crude oil pipeline and related assets.
  • Advised a pipeline developer concerning obtaining authorization from the FERC to construct and operate a new 195-mile long, 42-inch diameter, interstate natural gas pipeline located in Texas and Louisiana.
  • Represented a pipeline client in a civil penalty enforcement action filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a result of three separate natural gasoline spills in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. The lawsuit was resolved by a 2012 Consent Decree.  
  • Represented a leading independent North American natural gas producer in the $150 million disposition of gathering pipelines and compressor stations located in the Marcellus Shale.
  • Advised a gas storage company concerning regulatory requirements and the management of an open season process for a 12 BcF storage project in Mississippi, which included two pipelines totaling 23 miles in length.

Awards and accolades

  • Best Law Firms, Tier 1 national rankings for energy law, natural resources law and oil & gas law, US News & World Report and Best Lawyers, 2017
  • Chambers Global, USA: Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional), Chambers & Partners, 2017
  • Chambers USA, Nationwide: Energy: Oil & Gas (Transactional), Chambers & Partners, 2017
  • IFLR 1000, leading North American law firm for energy and oil and gas, Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, 2018
  • Legal 500 US, Nationwide Energy: Transactions, The Legal 500, 2017