More opportunities in the renewables market bring more risk – financial, operational, and legal. Liskow is the ideal team to help mitigate risk because we are heavy industry veterans with decades of experience guiding clients through complex market expansion and new technologies.
We work with domestic and international clients of all sizes, from traditional energy companies that have expanded their portfolios to include renewable energy projects, to companies that work solely in the renewables sector, to companies exploring the new opportunities in the U.S. market.
Offshore wind projects: handling complexities for every phase
With a Biden administration goal of 30 gigawatts of wind capacity by 2030, offshore wind is entering an ambitious growth period in the United States with capacity and projects envisioned off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico. Yet, the regulatory landscape is new and still developing.
Because the statutes and regulatory frameworks that apply to offshore oil and gas projects also apply to renewables projects, we have the relationships in place to move the projects forward. We work daily with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) on Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) leasing and operational permitting issues, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). We advise on all manner of statutory and regulatory compliance issues, including OCSLA as well as the Coastal Zone Management Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Oil Pollution Act, Jones Act and various other requirements.
Liskow is an early leader on offshore wind, having already worked on some of the earliest wind construction projects in the U.S. Northeast. These clients sought us out because of our deep history with offshore construction projects. Thanks to that longstanding experience and our more recent work in offshore wind, our team is in high demand. Clients recognize the Liskow name and experience. They know we can leverage our numerous oil and gas strengths in dealing with Outer Continental Shelf issues to assist clients with key concerns that can arise during the permitting, financial insurance, development, construction, and operation of offshore wind projects.
Building on a legacy of pioneering work – offshore and onshore
The lawyers who worked before us – in the 1950s, 60s and 70s – did cutting edge work in the field of oil and gas. We continue to do the same in the field of renewables. Because we have guided the energy industry’s leaders day in and day out for more than 80 years, we are more nimble and more creative than our competitors, and thus are naturally well-positioned to advise on renewable projects. Having seen how energy projects play out over decades – and having been involved in them — we are acutely sensitive to the short- and long-term financial and operational risks, present or inherited, that our clients take on.
Because we’ve been advising clients on offshore construction in the Gulf of Mexico for almost a century, we can take that experience anywhere in the country. On the onshore side, Liskow essentially wrote the book on mineral law in Louisiana – working on the early development of mineral production and continues to help clients with the issues that came with decommissioning, including oilfield contamination, misuse claims and other suits.
A functional standpoint and a coordinated approach
Renewable projects are multi-faceted and require coordination across multiple practice areas. Liskow has an experienced team of lawyers that understands the various phases of these projects and the need for a coordinated approach. Moreover, on the largest projects we are glad to take on whatever role our clients need – as their regulatory, lead or local counsel. With the big picture of overall construction in our minds, we easily facilitate the interactions with other firms, environmental consultants and regulatory agencies overseeing the project.
Your business hinges on overcoming practical challenges – not the nuances of legal matters. We understand that and approach your projects both from an operational standpoint and a background of someone who knows the oilfield better than anyone.