Stephen Wiegand
Stephen
Stephen W. Wiegand
Shareholder, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

Overview

Steve Wiegand’s practice focuses on complex regulatory issues impacting onshore and offshore energy and industrial operations. 

In the offshore arena (including the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific), he advises clients on a wide range of regulatory matters, including compliance with operational and safety requirements, appeals of Incidents of Non-Compliance and civil penalty assessments, incident response and associated agency investigations, lease suspensions, and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit compliance.  

Steve has handled numerous administrative appeals before the Department of Interior Board of Land Appeals and has represented clients in administrative matters before the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and United States Coast Guard. 

Steve’s offshore experience also includes:

  • Handling matters related to facility decommissioning, including challenging agency decommissioning orders and negotiating agreements with the Department of Interior related to decommissioning activities;
  • Litigating matters involving challenges brought by NGOs and coastal States to offshore operations under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, and Endangered Species Act;
  • Advising clients on liability issues arising under the Oil Pollution Act and the Clean Water Act, including regulatory issues associated with the OPA claims process;
  • Advising clients in matters involving the regulation of offshore air emissions; and
  • Advising clients on regulatory matters related to the construction of offshore renewable energy projects. 

Onshore, Steve has experience handling environmental regulatory matters arising under federal and Louisiana law, including matters before the Environmental Protection Agency, Corps of Engineers, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.  Steve has extensive experience with the Coastal Use Permit Program administered by the DNR, Office of Coastal Management and has represented clients seeking to establish site-specific trust accounts administered by the DNR, Office of Conservation.  Steve has also handled a variety of Corps of Engineer permitting matters, including matters related to wetlands mitigation and mitigation banking.  

Experience

Steve's notable cases include:

  • Favorable administrative appeal of Incidents of Noncompliance issued by BSEE resulting in INCs being set aside, 2015.

  • Oceana v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 37 F. Supp. 3d 147 (D.D.C. 2014). rejected a 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.

  • Jefferson Block 24 Oil & Gas v. Aspen Insurance UK Limited, et al, 652 F.3d 584 (5th Cir. 2011). Finding for insured in OPA insurance case, pipeline was a “covered offshore facility” within the scope of coverage afforded by OPA Policy.

Involvement

Professional

  • Liskow & Lewis Board of Directors - Member

  • Judicial clerk to the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, August 2007–2008

  • Thomas More Inn of Court - Member

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section – Member, 2009

  • New Orleans Bar Association – Member, 2009

  • American Bar Association – Member, 2009

  • Air & Waste Management Association, Louisiana Section – Member, 2009

  • Federal Bar Association – Member, 2009

Recognition

  • Chambers USA – Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas and Environment, 2021

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers "Rising Star," 2016-2021

  • New Orleans Magazine’s List of “Top Lawyers,” 2015-2016, 2018-2019

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Presentations

  • “2021 Federal Offshore Update,” Liskow & Lewis Webinar, February 10, 2021
  • “Federal Offshore Decommissioning – Bankruptcy Complications,” Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Webinar, November 10, 2020 
  • “Federal Offshore Leasing and Operations: Now and Near Term Issues Related to COVID-19 and Low Oil Prices,” Liskow & Lewis Webinar, April 29, 2020
  • “Outer Continental Shelf Update – Select Topics in Federal Offshore Regulation,” Liskow & Lewis Energy Seminar, Houston, TX, October 29, 2019
  • "Current Issues in Offshore Gulf of Mexico," Dallas Bar Energy Section - Review of Oil and Gas Conference, Dallas, TX, August 8, 2019
  • "Litigation/BSEE Updates," Liskow & Lewis' Federal Offshore CLE Update, Houston, TX, January 17, 2019
  • “Developments in Offshore Oil and Gas: Regulatory Pullbacks and Drilling Expansions,” AALS Annual Meeting, Natural Resources and Energy Law Panel, New Orleans, LA, January 3, 2019
  • “Offshore Regulatory Update,” Liskow & Lewis Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, Houston, TX, October 30, 2018
  • “Federal Leasing Update,” Liskow & Lewis Energy Law Seminar, Houston, TX, January 25, 2018
  • Current Issues in Offshore Enforcement: INCs, Civil Penalties, Criminal Investigations and BSEE’s Latest Reorganization, Liskow & Lewis Breakfast Forum, with Dee Taylor, Houston, TX, March 29, 2016
  • INCs, Civil Penalties and the Appeal Process, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Federal Offshore Regulatory Enforcement, January 20-21, 2016
  • Legal Issues Concerning Odors From Industrial Facilities, AFPM Environmental Conference, October 18-20, 2015
  • Acting on Uncertainty: Protected Species Consultation in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon Incident, EUCI Conference: Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing, Regulation and Enforcement, September 3, 2014
  • Update on Offshore Regulatory Issues, Liskow & Lewis Oil and Gas Seminar, with Jonathan Hunter, Houston, TX, October 23, 2013
  • “Environmental Newsreel Presentation on Current Developments,” Liskow & Lewis 2009 Environmental Law Seminar, Houston, TX, May 7, 2009

Publications