Carlos Moreno is an environmental lawyer advising clients on onshore and offshore regulations, safety requirements and emergency response. He counsels clients on, among other things, water discharge permits, process safety regulations, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, handling of waste, offshore regulatory requirements, and litigation.
With more than 15 years of engineering and Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) experience in the energy and petrochemical industries, Carlos is able to assist clients with regulatory compliance and permitting concerns in all areas of environmental law. He has experience dealing with federal and state regulations that encompass environmental and process safety aspects of the energy and petrochemical industries. He has assisted clients with emergency response and claims handling. He has also been involved in resolving legal disputes through traditional litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution. Carlos regularly publishes on process safety and significant changes in the environmental industry.
Some of his recent regulatory experience includes:
Key member of legal team providing assistance to OPA Claims Program for largest spill in U.S. history. During three-month stretch preceding the 3-year anniversary, served as de-facto leader of a team of attorneys and paralegals processing thousands of individual and business claims with minimal supervision.
Assisted major oil and gas company in the offshore Gulf of Mexico to determine if it could discharge produced water with elevated levels of contaminants. The operator had been sending the produced water onshore for disposal at a large expense. I identified options available under the permit, identified a consultant to help with discharge modeling, and contacted EPA to obtain their input. The client was able to start discharging produced water and still be in compliance with toxicity requirements.
Currently involved in defending a major petrochemical facility from a Clean Air Act citizen suit.
Provided advice to petrochemical plant on Process Safety Management (PSM); specifically, implementation of recommendations from Process Hazard Analysis.
Prior to practicing law, he worked as a process engineer, and later as an environmental advisor, for Amoco Corporation, BP Amoco, INEOS LLC, and BP. His experience covers a wide spectrum of the Oil and Gas sector, including upstream operations (onshore and offshore), refining operations, and petrochemical plants.
A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he is fluent in Spanish.