Environmental & Natural Resources

Environmental & Natural Resources

Drummond Woodsum’s environmental and natural resources team is a dynamic group of attorneys with specialized expertise in the environment and whose backgrounds are in litigation, corporate and commercial real estate law. Together, this team serves a remarkably diverse group of clients from many business sectors, including natural resource protection, manufacturing, energy, real estate, banking, municipalities and educational institutions. Every client, whether large or small, private or public, receives practical, cost-effective solutions and zealous advocacy.

Our environmental and natural resource services include:

  • Civil and criminal enforcement
  • Environmental clean-up matters
  • Litigation, including toxic tort claims
  • Environmental assessments and other due diligence
  • Contractual issues
  • Permitting requirements for complex business transactions and real estate projects
  • Assistance with environmental issues such as mold, asbestos, PCBs, pesticide applications, energy efficiency contracts and services
  • Ordinance drafting and compliance

Representative transactions include:

  • Drummond Woodsum represented Bowater Inc. in its acquisition of Great Northern Paper’s Maine assets from Georgia Pacific. The transaction involved over 2,000,000 acres of woodlands, two paper mills, and a saw mill with a purchase price of over $230 million. Our team obtained all necessary permit transfers, completed the necessary pre-closing environmental due diligence and negotiated the environmental terms of the purchase contract. Shortly before closing, Drummond Woodsum resolved a potential “deal breaker” by drafting and lobbying for legislation allowing transfer of certain dam and waterway rights, all in less than one week.
  • Drummond Woodsum is outside counsel to Old Town Fuel & Fiber on due diligence and compliance issues as diverse as federal, state and local environmental permits required for construction of a new water intake in the Penobscot River necessitated by a proposed dam removal; air license compliance and enforcement issues; MEPDES permitting; PCB remediation; landfill closure; and numerous other environmental matters.
  • Multiple potentially responsible parties with alleged liability for disposal of waste oil at the George West Waste Oil sites throughout Maine utilized Drummond Woodsum’s environmental team to assist them in resolving their liability. We worked closely with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the Maine legislature and other stakeholders to present consensus legislation providing a revenue stream to allow the DEP to recover clean-up costs over time without seeking direct reimbursement from the individual parties.
  • Drummond Woodsum routinely assists real estate development clients such as 265 Main St. LLC in navigating the complexities of completing environmental due diligence necessary to ensure financing while taking a practical approach to minimizing liability.

Schools and municipal entities routinely seek Drummond Woodsum’s assistance with environmental issues including mold, asbestos, PCBs in caulk, pesticide applications, energy efficiency contracts and services and ordinance drafting and compliance.

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