Mining, Oil & Gas Development & Distribution

Mining, Oil & Gas Development & Distribution

Overview

Cox, Castle & Nicholson is actively involved in a broad range of resource extraction and distribution projects in California. We have experience in oil and gas development, pipelines, rail and truck terminals, mining projects, and geothermal resource development. We provide full service assistance to our resource extraction and distribution clients, including assistance with:

  • Complying with environmental laws and regulations, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Surface Mining and Reclamation Act, California Department of Conservation Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources rules and regulations, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Subdivision Map Act, Zoning and Planning Law, and Coastal Act
  • Drafting leases, easements, licenses, condemnation, and other operational transactional documents
  • Handling litigation regarding mineral extraction and distribution facilities
  • Negotiating Franchise Agreements and fees
  • Obtaining construction and operational permits for mineral resource extraction and distribution facilities from local, state, and federal agencies 
  • Planning, zoning, and land use entitlements
  • Resolving complex oil, gas, and mineral rights title issues with respect to shared surface uses
  • Resolving insurance claims

Oil And Gas Development And Distribution

We have represented major oil companies throughout California in connection with oil field operations, pipelines, and other distribution facilities. We represent clients with respect to exploration, production, processing plants, pipelines, rail and truck terminals, natural gas storage plants, biofuel facilities, refineries, and gas stations. Our land use attorneys advise our oil and gas clients with regard to permitting, franchise, compliance, operational, insurance, title, easement, license, litigation, and environmental issues. We also advise our oil and gas clients on entitlements, including CEQA compliance, when they elect to convert surplus lands to alternative uses.

Mining Projects

We regularly represent clients in developing mineral resources throughout the State of California, These projects include instream mining, river terrace mining projects, and hard rock projects. Geographically, we have represented mines and mine operators in Southern California, the valleys, the Sierras and foothills, and the Redwood Empire areas. Our work includes entitlements, environmental impact review, and compliance with the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act. We also regularly defend approved mining projects against CEQA and other litigation challenges.

Geothermal Development

We have represented geothermal developers in connection with new and expanded geothermal operations.

Representative
Matters

Represented a major oil producer in Los Angeles County in entitlement for comprehensive zoning regulations and standards for an existing 1,100 acre oil field and resolution of concerns from neighbors and nearby jurisdictions. Structured settlement involved the first study of hydraulic fracturing in California oil fields.

Represented an oil operator in coastal Orange County with respect to Coastal Act exemption, permitting, and operational issues.

Represented an oil company in entitlement to establish zoning for major gasoline and ethanol distribution center in Los Angeles County.

In connection with its acquisition of the assets of a major oil company, assisted our client in reviewing title for assets located throughout the United States.

Represented (and continue to represent) oil pipeline company in connection with its negotiation of Franchise Agreements and franchise fees in cities and counties throughout California.

Represented oil and biodiesel company in Kern County with subdivision compliance and operational agreements for rail terminal facility.

Represented a mining developer in successfully permitting a new instream mining project on the Russian River, including an innovative adaptive management program to resolve environmental concerns. Successfully defended the project against CEQA challenges, and settled the litigation on favorable terms.

Represented a mining company in Sonoma County in negotiating a favorable settlement of litigation regarding terrace mining projects.

Represented developers of a Sierra foothills mining project in defending CEQA and Surface Mining and Reclamation Act claims challenging the approval of that project.

Represented a limestone mine in the Sierra foothills in a successful effort to expand the mine, including determination of vested rights and environmental baseline issues. Negotiated and defended an agreement with the local planning department recognizing the company's vested rights and establishing an environmental baseline based upon those vested rights.

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Represented geothermal developers in the eastern Sierras regarding permitting and expansion of geothermal facilities.

Represented trade associations in successful effort to establish favorable published precedent regarding thresholds of significance that can be applied to environmental impact evaluation of mining projects.

Litigated environmental baseline standards as applied to existing oil production facilities in Santa Barbara County.

Attorneys &
Paralegals

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Caligari, Gregory B. Partner San Francisco 415.262.5111
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Mudge, Anne E. Partner San Francisco 415.262.5107
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Paone, Tim Partner Orange County 949.260.4655
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Patricio, Lisa M. Associate Los Angeles 310.284.2220
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Silverman, Ronald I. Partner Los Angeles 310.284.2269
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Zischke, Michael H. Partner San Francisco 415.262.5109
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Spotlight

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