Chuck brings more than 40 years of experience in natural gas and LNG regulatory matters to his clients. This experience has provided Chuck with a keen understanding of all segments of the natural gas industry, from gas producers to large gas users, and facilitated a broad practice before all of the federal agencies that regulate the industry. He approaches each assignment from a strategic, client-oriented perspective: what is the goal and what is the best and most efficient way to get there?
Whether the assignment involves a transaction, a hearing, a compliance issue or strategic counseling, Chuck keys in on the crux of the matter. This approach has led to outstanding results for Chuck’s clients, which include natural gas producers, gatherers, processors, pipelines, and distributors; LNG import and export project developers and participants; participants in energy infrastructure projects; industrial and commercial energy users, including electric utilities and generators; natural gas marketers and traders; and banks and other lenders to the gas industry.
Recent Notable Matters
Large international LNG market participant — regulatory aspects of a U.S. LNG export project and related gas transportation matters
Large domestic utility — internal review arising from third-party allegations of regulatory violations
Large Asian utility — U.S. LNG export facility policy and developments
Shell Energy North America (U.S.) L.P. — FERC representation in the precedent-setting case Texican v. Southern Natural Gas regarding pipeline open seasons
Shell LNG — acquisition of capacity in the Cove Point and Elba Island LNG terminals and related pipelines, and in associated FERC certificate, rate and tariff proceedings
Large natural gas marketer group — effort that resulted in FERC Order 712
Numerous North American energy marketers — structured and natural gas transactions and asset management agreements
Numerous North American energy marketers — preparation of FERC regulatory compliance manuals, provided compliance training, and conducted internal reviews
Large domestic energy marketer — preparation of a regulatory compliance audit program and conducted audit
Individual trader — FERC market manipulation investigation
Publications and Speeches
"New Ruling on FERC’s Anti-Manipulation Authority," Law Seminars International telebriefing, April, 2013.
"The Emergence of Liquefied Natural Gas as Transportation Fuel in North America," American Bar Association Petroleum Marketing Attorneys Meeting, April 2012.