Petroleum and Petrochemical Industry Counseling

Kalman & Associates has a dedicated team of seasoned attorneys who bring to bear a solid understanding of the petroleum and petrochemical industry when representing our energy sector clients in the courtroom, at the negotiating table, and before federal and state regulatory and administrative bodies. We counsel midstream and downstream oil and gas industry clients on a full range of traditional environmental litigation and regulatory matters, including prosecution and defense of private cost-recovery and contribution actions, negotiations with federal and state regulatory agencies, permitting and licensing, defense of personal injury and premises liability claims, remediation oversight, Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA) compliance, and other petroleum marketing issues.

When allocation of liability for cleanup costs is at issue, we work closely with industry-leading environmental professionals applying innovative contaminant source identification techniques, including cutting-edge environmental forensics techniques - such as PIANO and compound-specific stable carbon isotope analysis - and other state-of-the-art chemical fingerprinting methodologies, to determine the nature, source, fate, and transport of fuel-derived contaminants unique to the oil and gas industry, including crude oil, coal, manufactured gas plant wastes, gasoline and gasoline additives, and the parties responsible.

From routine off-site access disputes to the most complex, high-profile environmental litigation matters, our petroleum and petrochemical industry clients are always provided with skillful representation and a pragmatic, practical approach to meeting their objectives. Our attorneys bring years of first-hand industry experience to each of the following areas:

  • Drafting and negotiating complex remediation, participation, and indemnification agreements;

  • Regulatory compliance issues related to petroleum and petrochemical refinery operations;

  • Contaminant source identification and liability allocation;

  • Leasing and landowner negotiations, operational, and compliance issues related to the Marcellus and Utica shale plays;

  • Petroleum Marketing Practices Act (PMPA) compliance;

  • Retail service-station acquisitions and divestitures;

  • Remediation oversight;

  • Personal injury and premises liability claims; and

  • Off-site access disputes.