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Since 2002, the attorneys in Chapman and Cutler's Environment, Energy and Resources group provided due diligence in several significant pipeline acquisition projects, including representation of:

As part of these projects, we advised clients on actual and potential liabilities arising from natural gas gathering, transmission, and distribution lines, as well as petroleum transportation pipelines, terminals, and refineries. These transactions involved assets located in almost every state in the continental United States.

Natural Gas Assets

In the last three years, our environmental attorneys have taken the lead role in environmental due diligence with respect to a total of approximately 32,500 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline, 57,000 miles of natural gas distribution lines, and 7,200 miles of natural gas gathering lines. In these matters, we have coordinated and managed all aspects of the environmental due diligence process. We have scoped out environmental issues and developed environmental due diligence teams, as necessary, to meet the client's specific needs, including retaining and directing the work of engineers and other technical experts as necessary. We have reviewed relevant documents, reports, records, and other materials, interviewed representatives of the target companies and other entities as necessary, and conducted on-site inspections and audit processes to verify information. We have also negotiated and drafted environmental-related provisions in the purchase agreements with respect to each transaction.

In our work on these projects, we have evaluated and managed, in a manner acceptable to the clients, environmental liabilities relating to the following:

Petroleum and Other Hazardous Liquid Assets

The office has also undertaken environmental due diligence on more than 6,000 miles of petroleum pipeline, as well as more than a 1,000 miles of other "hazardous liquid" pipelines. These reviews have included assessments of:


The collective pipeline experience of our EHS group is both deep and broad, as the following summarizes:

Natural Gas

Transmission Pipelines 32,500 miles
Gathering Pipelines 7,200 miles
Distribution Pipelines 57,000 miles
Storage Facilities 770 billion cubic feet
Compressor Stations 170
Terminals 3 Propane

Hazardous Liquids

Transmission Pipelines 7,000 miles
Gathering Pipelines n/a
Distribution Pipelines n/a
Storage Facilities 26.5 million barrels
Compressor Stations 61
Terminals 23 Inland

We recognize that Environmental Health and Safety issues are often significant aspects of pipeline transactions. We therefore strive to provide clients with a complete, but easily understood, assessment of the material EHS issues associated with a given transaction. Once identified, we then seek to provide clients with options to address any risks that are unacceptable or insufficiently assessable.

In addition to the specific transactional experience described above, our attorneys regularly assist clients formulate and implement strategies for the acquisition, remediation and redevelopment of contaminated properties. Our group also regularly represents clients defending allegations of noncompliance with substantive environmental laws, defending permits, and defending or prosecuting cost recovery claims under CERCLA and other federal and state laws.