Environmental law is complex and constantly changing, with new areas of concern, federal and state environmental laws and regulations, court decisions, and remediation standards and technologies emerging all the time. Curry & Friend attorneys use their industry knowledge and experience to provide sophisticated guidance on the most difficult issues facing oil, gas and chemical companies, from regulatory compliance to risk mitigation to compex litigation.
Curry & Friend's environmental and toxic tort team is well versed in the rules and regulations of the LDNR's Office of Conservation, and can guide our clients through the often confusing regulatory scheme that governs E&P legacy sites. We assist clients in a wide variety of matters, including insurance coverage for environmental claims, investigation and cleanup of state and federal Superfund sites, environmental enforcement actions by state and federal regulatory bodies, negotiation of potential regulatory fines and penalties, overseeing remediation of soil, groundwater, sediment and surface water contamination, and litigating private cost recovery and contribution actions under CERCLA and its state law counterparts.
Curry & Friend attorneys are conversant in the many scientific issues affecting environmental and toxic tort claims, and regularly assist clients in negotiating the scope and extent for investigations and cleanups, monitoring environmental consultants and contractors, and obtaining no further action determinations. We are particularly well-versed in Act 312 property remediation and NORM personal injury litigation. We work closely with environmental engineers, health physicists, toxicologists, pulmonologists, chemists and other experts in defending cases, which are often expert intensive and involve multiple plaintiffs and voluminous documents.
Recognizing that an ounce of prevention often provides the best outcome, Curry & Friend offers our clients advice and counsel to resolve issues and evaluate available courses of action. Our advice is based on our experience representing clients in the oil, gas and chemical industries in non-litigation issue resolution, litigation, mediation and through regulatory proceedings.
Curry & Friend represents clients in cases involving claims of environmental contamination and remediation, short-term and long-term exposure to hazardous materials, naturally occurring radioactive material (“NORM”) and oil field waste.
Scope of Practice Area
- Environmental Law
- Toxic Torts
- Air Quality
- Environmental Class Actions
- Environmental Compliance
- Environmental Contamination
- Environmental Litigation
- Environmental Real Estate
- Environmental Regulation
- Groundwater Contamination
- Hazardous Waste Regulation
- Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials
- Oil Pollution
- Oil Spills
- Toxic Substances
- Oil and Gas Law
- Oil and Gas Litigation
- Oil and Gas Regulation
- Benzene Exposure
- Asbestos Defense
- Toxic Tort Defense
Curry & Friend provides comprehensive counsel to oil and gas producers, drillers, mid-stream entities and ancillary service providers, as well as public utilities and competitive gas and electricity suppliers. Our clients are local, regional and national in scope, but all have Louisiana operations. Some of our representative clients include:
- Buckeye Gulf Coast Pipe Lines, L.P.
- Burmaster Land and Development Company, LLC
- Corbesco, Inc.
- CSR PolyPipe, Inc
- Georgia Sugar Refinery/Cajun Sugar Co-op
- Kimberly-Clark Corporation
- National Fire & Indemnity Exchange
- Occidental Chemical Corporation
- Occidental Petroleum Corporation
- OXY USA Inc.
- Placid Oil Company
- Rimcor, Inc.
- Vintage Petroleum, L.L.C.
- West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
Meghan E. Smith, Associate Attorney - May 20, 2015
In the summer of 2013, the Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East (“the Board”) named 97 oil and gas exploration and production companies, pipeline owners and operators, and hydrocarbon industry services defendants in a sweeping lawsuit filed in Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans alleging that their operations have “scarred Louisiana’s coast with an extensive network of thousands of miles of oil and gas access and pipeline canals.”
Brett F. Willie, Senior Associate Attorney - May 20, 2015
The following are select environmental regulatory changes recently proposed and/or adopted by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR).