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Lesley Foxhall Pietras
Of Counsel, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

Overview

Lesley Pietras practices in all areas of state and federal environmental law, advising oil and gas industry clients on a wide-range of complex regulatory issues, including offshore oil and gas operations.

In particular, Lesley’s experience includes matters related to:

  • Clean Air Act (CAA)

  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA)

  • Oil Pollution Act (OPA)

  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

  • New Source Review (NSR)

  • Clean Water Act (CWA)

  • CERCLA

Lesley has represented clients in administrative matters before the Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.  Lesley also focuses on the Administrative Procedure Act, representing clients challenging final agency action and regulations in federal court.  Before joining Liskow & Lewis, Lesley was a  staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and practiced environmental law at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C.

Recent administrative experience includes:

  • Lesley and a team of Liskow lawyers obtained a decision in favor of South Louisiana Methanol LP (“SLM”) in the appeal of air quality permit modifications by a group of environmental petitioners. The ruling affirmed the original decision of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality to tailor its public trust analysis for the proposed modification and to issue the modified permits. The permits authorize construction of what would be the largest methanol plant in the world.

  • Successful administrative appeal (2017) of EPA denial of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on deliberative process privilege grounds.

  • Assisting in challenge to an EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) assessment.

  • Assisting with successful administrative appeal of $900,000 civil penalty assessment issued by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) resulting in withdrawal of penalty assessment.

  • Assisting with Oceana v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 37 F. Supp. 3d 147 (D.D.C. 2014) – rejected challenge to environmental reviews conducted in conjunction with Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales 218 and 216/222 and held that such reviews complied with the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Administrative Procedure Act.

Involvement

Professional

  • District of Columbia Bar

  • Louisiana State Bar Association

  • New York State Bar Association

Publications