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James D. Seegers

James D. Seegers Partner, Energy Regulation

Jay advises natural gas pipeline clients on various complex regulatory issues, regulatory compliance matters, and federal energy policy trends. He also focuses on administrative litigation, particularly as it relates to economic regulation, and represents pipelines before various federal and state agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Jay advises clients regarding contracting for transportation, purchases, and sales of natural gas, and he consults with clients about appropriate contract and disclosure language for energy regulatory issues associated with complex business transactions.

Experience Highlights

  • Represented an interstate pipeline company in the preparation, filing, and prosecution of an application for FERC certificate approval of a major pipeline expansion designed to transport Marcellus Shale natural gas supplies to Northeast and Gulf Coast markets
  • Represented a New England interstate pipeline company in the preparation and prosecution of a general Section 4 rate case before the FERC
  • Represented a midcontinent interstate pipeline company in defending a Section 5 rate investigation before the FERC
  • Represented a Texas intrastate pipeline company in the preparation, filing, and prosecution of an application for Section 3 authorization and a Presidential Permit for the construction and operation of pipeline facilities extending across the international border between the United States and Mexico
  • Represented storage company located in Michigan in the preparation, filing, and prosecution of an application for Section 3 authorization and a Presidential Permit for the construction and operation of a pipeline header system extension across the international border between the United States and Canada
  • Represented an interstate pipeline company in the preparation and prosecution of an application for FERC abandonment approval to allow a major segment of a natural gas pipeline system to be repurposed for transportation of alternate products
  • Represented an interstate pipeline company in the preparation, filing, and prosecution of an application for FERC certificate approval of a major greenfield pipeline extension and long-haul system reversal designed to transport Utica Shale natural gas supplies to Gulf Coast markets
  • Represented a pipeline company in obtaining final abandonment approval from FERC to allow an interstate pipeline system to be repurposed to serve as part of an offshore LNG export facility

Representative Experience

  • Represented an interstate pipeline company in the preparation, filing, and prosecution of an application for FERC certificate approval of a major pipeline expansion designed to transport Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale natural gas supplies to Midwest markets
  • Represented a major shale producer in the preparation and negotiation of pipeline transportation agreements for the delivery of natural gas production to Midwestern markets
  • Represented a Rocky Mountain liquids pipeline company in the preparation of a pipeline lease agreement governing the company’s lease of a long-haul pipeline segment to be integrated into the company’s liquids pipeline system
  • Represented a Rocky Mountain liquids pipeline company in the preparation of a pipeline lease agreement governing the company’s lease of a long-haul pipeline segment to be integrated into the company’s liquids pipeline system
  • Represented a pipeline company in the preparation, filing, and prosecution of an application for FERC certificate approval for the construction and operation of a new greenfield interstate pipeline system designed to serve the Florida market
  • Represented a major shale producer in the preparation and negotiation of a pipeline transportation agreement for the delivery of ethane to Gulf Coast markets
  • Represented a natural gas storage company in the preparation, filing, and prosecution of an application for FERC certificate approval for the construction and operation of major Northeast greenfield storage facility, and for market-based rate authorization for related storage services
  • Represented a major shale producer in the preparation and negotiation of pipeline transportation agreements for the delivery of natural gas production to Gulf Coast markets
  • Represented a natural gas pipeline company in gas quality and interchangeability proceeding before the FERC
  • Represented a pipeline company in the negotiation and preparation of agreements governing its joint undivided ownership interest in interstate natural gas pipeline facilities
  • Represented a pipeline company in the preparation, filing, and prosecution of applications for FERC Section 3 and Section 7 certificate approvals and a Presidential Permit for the construction and operation of a new greenfield interstate pipeline system designed to serve the Northeast market

Contact Details

Houston

T +1.713.758.2939
F +1.713.615.5206
jseegers@velaw.com
1001 Fannin Street
Suite 2500
Houston, TX 77002
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Jay's Practices

  • South Texas College of Law, J.D. summa cum laude, 1993 (Order of the Lytae; Phi Delta Phi)
  • Southern Methodist University, B.B.A., 1985
  • Admitted to practice: Texas
  • Chambers USA, Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) (Nationwide), 2013–2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Energy and Oil & Gas Law, 2014—2018 ("Lawyer of the Year," 2016 and 2018)
  • Legal 500 U.S., “Leading Lawyer” in Energy: Regulatory, 2017
  • Legal Media Group’s (Euromoney’s) Expert Guide to the World’s Leading Energy and Natural Resource Lawyers, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2016
  • Selected to the Texas Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2014−2017
  • Member: American Bar Association; Federal Energy Bar Association; Houston Bar Association
  • Vice Chair: Electric and Natural Gas Marketing Committee of the Section on Environment, Energy and Resources Law, American Bar Association