Martin T. Booher

Partner

Cleveland
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"Marty is extremely smart and knowledgeable about the law and regulations in the environmental area. He is also able to communicate effectively with people that do not have as much technical knowledge..."

— Chambers USA 2015

Overview

Marty Booher practices within the oil and gas, renewable and clean energy, utilities, power, and pipeline industries. He has significant experience representing and advising clients on complex compliance, transactions, financing, remediation, and project development matters throughout the United States and Latin America. With a strong environmental background and understanding of the issues facing the industry, Marty brings a multilayered and practical approach to his practice.

Marty serves as co-leader of the firm's national Energy team, which was named a 2015 Practice Group of the Year by Law360.

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Energy Sector Transactions and Financing

  • Develop and implement due diligence strategies for merger, stock and asset purchase/sale, and financing transactions involving some of the largest project finance, mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry within the past several years, including the negotiation of provisions of purchase and sale agreements and side agreements governing post-closing allocation of environmental attributes and liabilities associated with the company or asset being transferred or financed.

Shale Development and Hydraulic Fracturing

  • Advise energy companies on the environmental and regulatory risks and opportunities presented by the production of shale in the United States.

Drilling Programs

  • Advise oil and gas companies in the preparation and implementation of drilling programs in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including advice on compliance with state and federal securities laws, tax treatment of intangible drilling costs, and the use of 1031 reverse like-kind exchanges and their impacts on the structure of the preferred drilling programs.
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Experience

Energy Sector Transactions and Financing

  • Develop and implement due diligence strategies for merger, stock and asset purchase/sale, and financing transactions involving some of the largest project finance, mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry within the past several years, including the negotiation of provisions of purchase and sale agreements and side agreements governing post-closing allocation of environmental attributes and liabilities associated with the company or asset being transferred or financed.

Shale Development and Hydraulic Fracturing

  • Advise energy companies on the environmental and regulatory risks and opportunities presented by the production of shale in the United States.

Drilling Programs

  • Advise oil and gas companies in the preparation and implementation of drilling programs in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including advice on compliance with state and federal securities laws, tax treatment of intangible drilling costs, and the use of 1031 reverse like-kind exchanges and their impacts on the structure of the preferred drilling programs.

Natural Gas Project Development

  • Advise clients regarding the siting, licensing, development and acquisition of liquefied natural gas terminals in the United States under the Natural Gas Act and the Deepwater Port Act, and natural gas pipelines and storage facilities under the Natural Gas Act, including but not limited to assistance with Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act (Sections 401, 402 and 404), U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Maritime Administration, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and Coastal Zone Management Act licensing matters; compliance counseling related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and General Conformity obligations; development of preemption and public trust doctrine arguments and strategies; and administrative appeals related to the Coastal Zone Management Act.

International Trade Finance

  • Advise a London-based hedge fund and structure and prepare credit agreements and supporting documentation to provide short-term working capital to iron ore mines and sugar production facilities in Mexico on a per-trade basis.

Renewable Fuels/Ethanol

  • Counsel clients in the renewable fuels sector, including advice on compliance and participation in the federal renewable fuels program, EPA enforcement related to Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs), contracting and trading of RINs (including disputes), ongoing regulatory initiatives to revise the federal renewable fuels program and to increase ethanol blend restrictions, and ethanol/sugar cane opportunities in Brazil.

Wind Turbine Manufacturers and Developers

  • Represent a leading supplier of wind turbines and several wind energy developers on various issues, including preparing responses to calls issued by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for offshore lease blocks; providing strategic counsel in resolving disputes with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration; and working with state and federal resource agencies to address concerns related to potential environmental impacts associated with proposed projects.

Offshore Wind Energy Projects

  • Acted as project development counsel to the developer of the Atlantic Wind Connection, a proposed 350-mile subsea electric cable carrying 6,000 megawatts of power from future offshore wind turbines off the U.S. East Coast, including providing strategic advice and support on federal and state permitting/licensing efforts and environmental review requirements, and successfully obtaining a determination of no competitive interest for the right-of-way grant to be issued by BOEM.

Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)/Non-Attainment New Source Review (NSR) 

  • Advise companies on PSD/NSR applicability issues for planned changes and expansion activities and in obtaining new and revised Clean Air Act permits, including the approvals required to address greenhouse gas emissions and to incorporate the impacts of historic and unpermitted facility modifications.

Climate Change

  • Advise clients on various issues related to climate change, including generation of offsets and emission reduction credits, participation in the Carbon Disclosure Project, development of strategic responses to shareholder proposals and institutional investors seeking enhanced climate change-related disclosures, applicability and impact of domestic initiatives to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, and identification and analysis of potential climate change risks and liabilities associated with assets and companies targeted for acquisition.

EPA Rule-making Proceedings

  • Representing a natural gas industry trade association in developing the association’s comments and strategic legal response to the EPA’s proposal to overhaul its regulations governing the presence of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in natural gas pipelines and related equipment.
  • Represented a wood furniture manufacturer in developing comments on the EPA’s proposed air toxic standards for industrial boilers (known as the Boiler MACT), which led to several beneficial changes to EPA’s final regulations.

Renewable and Clean Energy Project Development and Financing on Brownfield Sites

  • Provide strategic advice to clients regarding issues related to the siting, licensing and financing of a biomass-fired electric generating facility and a bio-diesel manufacturing facility on historically contaminated properties, including the negotiation of liability protections/covenants with federal and state environmental regulators and implementation of other “outside the box” environmental risk management solutions.

EHS Compliance and Business Counseling

  • Providing strategic compliance and business counseling to several manufacturing and energy clients in all EHS areas with a particular emphasis on federal and state programs under the Clean Air Act.

Remediation and Natural Resource Damages

  • Represent performing parties at Superfund sites in efforts to negotiate consent decrees/administrative settlements and resolve natural resource damage claims with state and federal regulators, resolve and negotiate private party settlements, and implement investigation activities, interim actions and final remedies.

Brazil Environmental Laws

  • Work with Brazilian legal counsel to advise manufacturing and energy clients in understanding the environmental liability regimes in Brazil and in developing effective risk management solutions to address potential liability issues.

SEC Disclosures

  • Advise electric utilities concerning the disclosure of climate change and EHS risks in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

EHS Audit Protocols and Management Systems

  • Assist clients in the development, preparation, implementation, evaluation and integration of EHS management systems and audit programs.

Trustees and Lenders

  • Advise trustees and lenders on the development of environmental management systems and policies to assist in screening potential business opportunities and provide guidance and advice on the potential environmental risks associated with customer activities, including but not limited to 1031 reverse like-kind exchanges in the oil and gas industry.

Power Purchase and Tolling Agreements

  • Assist clients in the analysis, preparation, and negotiation of power purchase and tolling agreements between electricity generators and off-takers, which allocate risks and liabilities associated with compliance with greenhouse gas and other environmental compliance obligations, including the allocation of responsibility for emission allowance costs and capital expenditures.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Chambers USA: Litigation: Natural Resources & Environment in Ohio (2015 to 2017)
  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Recommended in Energy litigation: oil and gas (2016, 2017)
    • Recommended in Environment litigation (2017)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Environment, Energy and Resources Section: Committee on Air Quality, Vice Chair
  • Ohio Gas Association
  • Ohio Oil & Gas Association

Community

  • Connecticut State Implementation Plan: Revision Advisory Committee

Industries

Prior Positions

  • Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • Ohio
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Arkansas

Education

  • J.D., Pace University School of Law, 1998, cum laude, Environmental Law Certificate, Dean's List
  • B.A., Bucknell University, 1995, cum laude, Dean's List