About Chartrand Law, LLC
Speciality areas and
All aspects of water law, including proceedings involving the ownership, control and use of surface water and ground water, and regulations governing the release of pollutants into surface water, ground water and drinking water.
Representative advocacy experience: Waters of the United States, Good Samaritan legislation, U.S. Forest Service Groundwater Directive, Basin Implementation Plan and Colorado Water Plan, water rights applications, diligence proceedings, grants & loans, Gold King Mine claims, and hydrologically connected groundwater.
WATER QUANTITY & QUALITY
All aspects of the laws governing the rulemaking, adjudication and enforcement activities of federal & state administrative agencies.
Representative advocacy experience: constitutional and statutory rule analysis, Federal Advisory Committee Act, Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, Regulatory Flexibility Act, and federal & state Administrative Procedure Act (APA) challenges.
Permitting, General Mining Law of 1872, Federal Mining Leasing Act, Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Act, produced water solutions, reclamation, bonding/financial assurances and small hydropower projects.
Representative advocacy experience: Stream Protection Rule, CERCLA 108(b), Good Samaritan (abandoned mines) legislation, methane regulations, lease of power privilege, preemption, and NEPA “cumulative effects.”
ENERGY & MINING
Climate (and extreme weather) regulations and policies that impact environmental permitting, wildlife management, water supply, and corporate governance.
Representative advocacy experience: National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) “cumulative effects,” Endangered Species Act (ESA) “foreseeable future,” forest health, water supply, methane regulations, and fuel switching.
Land use rights including easements, right to exclude others from lands, Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA), and U.S. Forest Service & Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land use planning processes and special use permitting.
Representative advocacy experience: grazing on public lands, conservation easements, RS 2477 rights-of-way, forest health, access, condemnation, eminent domain, water infrastructure O&M on public lands, and EIS/EA challenges.
Fish and wildlife management, protected species law and recovery/conservation programs, including mitigation banking, habitat protection, and candidate conservation agreements.
Representative advocacy experience: ESA critical habitat rules, Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse, Gunnison Sage-Grouse, Polar Bear Special Rule (ESA Section 4(d)), engagement with Recovery Program staff, and Big Horn Sheep Data Quality Act challenge.