Natural Resources – Renewables


“Clients expect to move forward and complete projects in accordance with time deadlines or constraints, obtain necessary permits, and eliminate or mitigate impacts on natural resources.”

Navigating through the federal,  state and local laws governing natural resources and renewable energy is challenging.  At  McGrath North we are experienced in working with businesses, consultants and regulatory agencies to obtain permits, develop mitigation plans when needed, and create alternative approaches to projects that minimize environmental impacts with respect to natural resources. We offer our clients expertise with projects such as real estate developments that have the potential to impact wetlands, habitat for endangered or protected species, or other natural resources. We advise our clients on projects that consume natural resources such as water for manufacturing or processing. And with our broad base of related legal services, we assist with other issues such as construction contracts and financing. For renewables, we advise clients on all legal issues that impact projects for energy production and other products.  These projects include ethanol plants, biodiesel plants, wind energy farms, biogas production/utilization and algae projects.

Representative Matters:

  • Represented a startup company with respect to permitting, development, construction and financing of two 110 million gallon per year ethanol plants.
  • Represented a major algae company with respect to commercialization of its technology solutions in various market sectors.
  • Represented a major protein processor with respect to permits and contracts to capture and utilize biogas, from its wastewater treatment facility, as a substitute fuel source for use in boilers in its processing plant.
  • Represented an ethanol company with respect to a groundbreaking transaction to transfer water rights in Nebraska for production use in one of the company’s ethanol plants.
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