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Natural Gas Regulation

Vinson & Elkins’ nationally-recognized Energy Regulatory team represents pipelines, storage companies, shippers, and end users in all aspects of natural gas regulation. With the experience to offer our new and long-standing clients full spectrum support, we provide regulatory counseling, negotiate regulated transactions, and provide effective representation in every type of regulatory proceeding before numerous state and federal agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Department of Energy (DOE).


Unsurpassed Presence

With lawyers in three offices who focus primarily on natural gas regulation, V&E occupies a commanding position in this niche legal market. We represent several of the largest energy companies in high-value, high-profile cases before FERC, the Texas Railroad Commission, and other state and federal agencies. We serve as outside counsel for two of the largest U.S. gas pipelines constructed in the last decade. Our extensive and sustained involvement in this regulatory arena provides our lawyers with insight on changing laws and an unsurpassed ability to offer efficient and innovative strategies to our clients.


Comprehensive Experience

Our lawyers routinely handle a wide range of issues facing regulated entities, including complex certificate, tariff, abandonment, and presidential permit applications, rate cases, gas quality proceedings, audits, compliance matters, appeals, and petitions for declaratory orders. In addition, our energy regulatory lawyers work seamlessly with other practices, such as our Environmental, Condemnation, and Appellate practices, providing our clients with access to experience in all aspects of the regulatory process.