Haynes and Boone in the Texas Lawyer: Power Players: Texas Energy Attorneys Prepare to Advise Clients on Obama Administration's Climate-Change Proposals

07/02/2014


Texas energy and environmental lawyers say the Obama administration's climate change proposals, unveiled earlier this month, offer a lot of fodder for client discussions, and they expect future lawsuits to target the federal government's new plans. The lawyers all expect that legal challenges and state lawmakers' responses will clarify the proposals' ultimate consequences. Most predict that, under all scenarios, counsel likely will see more work.

"The breadth of things they are doing is broad. So there are going to be all kinds of challenges," said James Braddock, counsel at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Austin and a former general counsel at the Texas Air Control Board, a predecessor agency to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)...

"There will be challenges" to the new climate change proposals, agreed Jeff Civins, a partner in Haynes and Boone in Austin. A former chairman of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, Civins added that the proposals allow "flexibility" for states to devise their own ways to meet new federal standards.

Therefore, during the next few years, as the regulations unfold and the Legislature responds, "Clients are going to need a whole of lot of options," he said.

Excerpted from the Texas Lawyer, July 2, 2014. To view full article, click here.

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