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Craig P. Wilson

Managing Partner, Harrisburg Office
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Craig Wilson is Managing Partner of the firm's Harrisburg office and practice group coordinator for the firm's global Environment, Land and Natural Resources Practice Group. Mr. Wilson concentrates his practice in the areas of energy, environment and natural resources, and has counseled clients who are developing and operating energy projects and other commercial and industrial projects, clients who are seeking environmental permits and zoning and land development approvals from government agencies, clients who are exploring for, producing and transporting natural gas, clients who are acquiring and operating agricultural properties and facilities, and clients who are parties to business transactions or litigation involving potential environmental rights or liabilities.

Professional Background

Mr. Wilson has been associated with K&L Gates since 1992 and a partner with the firm since 2001.

Achievements

  • The Best Lawyers in America® - Environmental Law (since 2015) - Lawyer of the Year (2018)
  • Who’s Who in Energy published by the American City Business Journals in Dallas, Denver, Houston, Pittsburgh and San Antonio (2011-2016)
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating (very high to preeminent legal ability)
  • Selected by Chambers USA as one of Pennsylvania's leading Environmental lawyers

Professional/Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association (Vice Chair, Water Resources Committee; Co-Chair Annual Water Law Conference 2011)
  • Federal Bar Association (Member)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association (Member)

Speaking Engagements

  • Pipelines, presented at Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Environmental Law Forum, April 2016.
  • Environmental Compliance Issues Conference, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, October 2015.
  • What is Going on Down There? Hydraulic Fracturing Issues, panel moderator, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 32nd Annual Water Law Conference, June 2014.
  • Agriculture – Land, Water, and the Environment, panel moderator, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, Spring Conference, March 2013.
  • Shale Oil & Gas – The Lower 48 Experience – Will It Translate to Alaska?, presented at Meet Alaska, January 2013.
  • Oil & Gas Track - Shale State Regulatory and Legislative Update, presented at Kentucky Mineral Law Conference, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, October 2012.
  • The New Regulatory Environment and Emerging Legal Challenges, panel moderator, Oil Council North America Assembly, October 2012.
  • From the Regulators' Chair: A Three State Perspective, presented at K&L Gates Fifth Annual Appalachian Basin Oil & Gas Seminar, April 2012.
  • Hydraulic Fracturing, presented at Great Lakes Water Conference, November 2011.
  • Water & Wetland Crossings – The Role of the State vs. U.S. Army Corps in Permitting Linear Projects, presented at K&L Gates Fourth Annual Appalachian Basin Oil & Gas Seminar, May 2011.
  • Water & Wastewater Issues in Shale Development, presented in connection with Short Course on the Law of Shale Gas Plays, sponsored by The Institute for Energy Law, The Center for American and International Law, June 2010.
  • Understanding Water Management Regulations, presented at Key Environmental Issues Compliance Conference, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, October 2009. 
For detailed information, please see Mr. Wilson’s additional biographies, which includes a comprehensive list of Representative Matters and a list of Appearances as Counsel.
  • Transactions - environmental counsel to a leading producer of construction aggregates with respect to the acquisition and transfer of multiple quarrying operations.
  • Local regulation - represented quarrying operation in successful appeal of decision of zoning hearing board requiring the quarry to seek local approval despite long-standing, state-permitted operations.
  • Exploration and production - counsel to a number of independent producers of oil and natural gas involved in the development of unconventional resources, including with respect to defense of government enforcement and third-party actions and in connection with unanticipated and emergency events.
  • Transportation - counsel to developers of significant transmission infrastructure in the Appalachian Basin, and with respect to the acquisition of transportation assets.
  • Pipeline protection - represent interstate natural gas transmission company with regard to protecting pipelines from ground subsidence associated with underground mining.
  • Petroleum refining - represented petroleum refiner in defense of federal multi-media enforcement action simultaneously pursued at facilities in three states.
  • Permitting - Represented and advised major oil and gas association in connection with negotiations with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding state programmatic general permit, including successful modifications to permit terms and processing procedures allowing materially expedited permit reviews.
  • Wetland audit - counsel to client in connection with audit of construction practices at hundreds of locations in anticipation of enforcement action; collaborated in development of audit protocol that was deployed in multiple states across the country.
  • Privatization - counsel to Pennsylvania’s largest investor owned water and wastewater utility with respect to the environmental and regulatory aspects of the acquisition of the combined sewer wastewater system serving the City of Scranton; the precedent-setting transaction involved the first effort to transfer a publicly-owned combined wastewater system to private ownership and implicated a host of regulatory issues at the intersection of public utility and federal and state environmental law.
  • Regionalization - counsel to largest single (industrial) discharger to regional publicly owned treatment works in negotiation of inter-municipal and private party agreements to enable expansion of regional treatment plant and extension of sewer system to serve the host township.
  • Federick v. Allegheny Township Zoning Hearing Board, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, No. 2295 CD 2015 (amicus curiae).
  • Food & Water Watch v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Papettis Hygrade Egg Products, Inc., Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal No. 2017-008-M.
  • Columbia Gas Transmission Corporation v. West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Circuit Court, Marshall County, West Virginia, Case No. 09-CAP-1K (consolidated cases), on appeal, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia No. 16-0827.
  • Texas Eastern Transmission, LP v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal No. 2015-100-L.
  • Range Resources-Appalachia, LLC v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal Nos. 2015-77-R, 2015-99-R.
  • Texas Eastern Transmission, L.P. v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal No. 2014-093-R.
  • Robinson Township v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, No. 284 MD 2012, on appeal, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Nos. 104 MAP 2014 and 105 MAP 2014.
  • Pennsylvania Services Corporation, trading as Emerald Coal Resources, LP v. Texas Eastern Transmission, LP, Court of Common Pleas of Greene County, No. 663-2011, on appeal, Superior Court of Pennsylvania, No. 1429 WDA 2013.
  • Bohlander v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal Nos. 2012-071-C, 2012-118-C.
  • Schlick v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal No. 2012-022-M.
  • Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal Nos. 2012-016-L, 2012-002-L, 2011-143-L, consolidated, on appeal, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, No. 1570 CD 2013.
  • Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal Nos. 2011-070-L, 2011-052-L, 2011-006-L.
  • Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. Delaware River Basin Commission, United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Civil Action No. 11-00423.
  • Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal No. 2011-168-M.
  • McCobin v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal No. 2011-159-L.
  • Bohlander v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal No. 2011-115-C.
  • Pennsylvania Services Corporation, trading as Emerald Coal Resources, LP v. Texas Eastern Transmission, LP, Court of Common Pleas of Greene County, No. 663-2011.
  • Pennsylvania Services Corporation v. Texas Eastern Transmission, LP, United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, Civil Action No. 11-1076.
  • Texas Eastern Transmission, LP v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal No. 2010-188-R.
  • Schlick v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal No. 2010-180-C.
  • Texas Eastern Transmission, LP v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Hearing Board Appeal No. 2010-020-R.
  • American Energy Corporation v. Texas Eastern Transmission, LP, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, Civil Action No. 09-623 (consolidated cases).
  • Texas Eastern Transmission, LP v. Husted, Ohio Reclamation Commission, Case No. RC-09-003.
  • Athens Borough v. Athens Township Board of Supervisors, Court of Common Pleas of Bradford County, Pennsylvania, No. 081R 000889.
  • U.S. Operating Services Company v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal No. 2008-216-R.
  • Pocono Township v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Brodhead Watershed Ass’n v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal Nos. 2007-240-L & 2007-262-L (consolidated).
  • Conectiv Mid Merit, LLC v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal No. 2007-058-MG.
  • Penneco Pipeline Corp. v. Dominion Transmission, Inc., United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Civil Action No. 05-0537.
  • Giorgio Foods, Inc. v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal No. 2003-030-K.
  • United States of America v. Acorn Engineering Company, United States District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division, Civil Action No. 03-5470-WJR, on appeal, Docket No. 04-55622, United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit; decision reported at 221 F.R.D. 530 (D.C. Ca. 2004).
  • Delaware Riverkeeper v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board Appeal No. 2003-083-MG (consolidated appeals), on further appeal, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Docket No. 1947 CD 2004.
  • In re Appeal of Zellers, Court of Common Pleas of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Docket No. 03-05138.
  • Nolan v. Gillis, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Civil Action No. 02-3423.
  • Conectiv Mid-Merit, Inc. v. Zoning Hearing Board of Peach Bottom Township, Court of Common Pleas of York County, Pennsylvania, Docket No. 2002 SV3497-08.
  • Brandywine Conservancy v. Delaware River Basin Commission, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Civil Action No. 02-CV-7096.
  • Township of Upper Mount Bethel v. Hydropress Environmental Services, Inc., Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Docket No. 112 MAP 2002.
  • Wallace Township v. PADEP and Pennsylvania Suburban Water Company, Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, Docket No. 2002-113-MG (twenty-eight consolidated appeals).
  • Paradise Township v. Aventis Pasteur Inc., United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Civil Action No. 3:CV:01-1776.
  • Township of Paradise and Lake Swiftwater, Inc. v. PADEP and Aventis Pasteur Inc., Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, Docket No. 2001-024-L.
  • In re Appeal of Charles M. and Edith M. Header, Court of Common Pleas of Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, Docket No. S-1802-01, on further appeal, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, No. 961 CD 2003.
  • The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Maryland v. Susquehanna River Basin Commission, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Civil Action No. WMN-98-3135, on further appeal, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Civil Action No. 00-1566.
  • Lonzetta Trucking and Excavating Company v. The Zoning Hearing Board of Hazle Township, Court of Common Pleas of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, No. 7960-C of 2000, on further appeal, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Docket No. 875 C.D. 2001.
  • Eagle Springs, Inc. v. Venable, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, No. 2754 C.D. 2000.
  • United States v. Ashland Inc., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Civil Action No. 98-157 (E.D. Ky.).
  • Logan Township v. The Altoona City Authority, Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Civil Action No. 4272 S 1998.
  • Estate of Johnston v. Coleman, Court of Common Pleas of Indiana County, Pennsylvania, Equity Action No. 11889 CD 1998.
  • United States v. Armco Inc., United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Civil Action No. C2-95-698.
  • AMP Incorporated v. Cherry, Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Civil Action No. 4864 S 1995.
  • State College Borough Water Authority v. Board of Supervisors of Benner Township, Court of Common Pleas of Centre County, Pennsylvania, Nos. 92-40 and 92-147, on further appeal, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Docket Nos. 0394, 0395, 0518 & 0519 C.D. 1995, and Pennsylvania Supreme Court, M.D. Appeal Docket 1996, Nos. 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, and 122; decisions reported at 645 A.2d 394; 669 A.2d 1063 (1995).
  • Board of Supervisors of Halfmoon Township v. State College Borough Water Authority, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Docket No. 2447 C.D. 1994; decision reported at 659 A.2d 640 (1995).
  • Maleski v. All Western Enterprises, Inc., Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, Docket No. 276 M.D. 1994.
  • AT&T Global Information Solutions Co. et al. v. Union Tank Car Co. et al., United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Civil Action No. C2-94-876; decisions reported at 29 F. Supp. 2d 857 (1998) and 1997 WL 382101.
  • Delaware Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Inc. v. S&W Petroleum Service, Inc., United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Civil Action No. 4:CV-94-1630; decision reported at 894 F. Supp. 862 (1995).
  • United States v. Keystone Sanitation Co., Inc., et al., United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Civil Action No. 1:CV-93-1482; reported decisions at 885 F. Supp. 672 (1994) and 867 F. Supp. 275 (1994).
  • Mutual Savings Bank of Bay City Michigan v. Spring Valley, Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, Civil Action - Equity No. 4135 S 1992.
  • In re Application for Removal of Robert J. Beaudry, Jr., D.M.D., from the Office of Director of Miller Oral Surgery, Court of Common Pleas of Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, No. 3968-S-1993.
  • Donatelli v. Casey, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Civil Action No. 92-7429, decision reported at 826 F. Supp. 131 (1993); on appeal as Donatelli v. Mitchell, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, No. 93-1293, decision reported at 2 F. 3d 508 (1993).
  • United States of America v. Horsehead Industries, Inc., United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Civil Action No. 1:CV-92-0008.
  • Standard Forged Products, Inc. v. Berwick Freight Car Co., United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Civil Action No. 1:CV-92-0354; decision reported at 1993 WL 193191.
  • Agricultural operations - counsel to a major producer of meat products with respect to environmental and land development matters, including stormwater and wastewater management at animal feeding operations.
  • Farmland acquisition - counsel to one of the largest owners of agricultural land in the country, including, in one transaction, with respect to environmental and water rights diligence and related advice connected to the acquisition of over 200,000 acres.
  • Chocolate and snack manufacturer - counsel to a leading manufacturer of quality chocolate and non-chocolate confectioneries and snacks, including with respect to stormwater and wastewater discharges, air emissions, materials handling, and hazardous and solid waste disposal.
  • Processed food - represented a leading food manufacturer with respect to a wastewater permitting dispute that involved a broad-based, third-party challenge to Pennsylvania’s nutrient trading program.
  • Bottled water - counsel to a leading supplier of bottled water with respect to source development and environmental controls in manufacturing.
  • Brownfields - counsel to developers of multiple industrial and commercial projects with complex redevelopment issues, including contamination from historic landfills and prior industrial operations such as steel manufacturing and paint formulation.
  • San Gabriel Valley Superfund Site - counsel to a major manufacturer in each of two “operable units” of the largest Superfund site in the nation.
  • Asset integration - counsel to a producer of specialty chemicals in connection with a comprehensive audit and corrective action process associated with the acquisition of multiple manufacturing assets in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
  • Compliance - health, safety and environmental counsel to the world’s largest manufacturer of human vaccines, including with respect to stormwater and wastewater discharges, air emissions, materials handling, hazardous and infectious waste disposal, and biosafety.
  • Plant expansion - counsel to the world’s largest manufacturer of human vaccines with respect to a major plant expansion that included a substantial increase in an existing wastewater treatment plant discharge to a high-quality, cold-water stream and remediation of multiple historic landfills on the property.
  • Natural gas - counsel with respect to permitting and development of multiple natural gas-fired combined cycle electric generating facilities, including projects that redeveloped “brownfields” sites; addressed state and federal environmental permitting processes, zoning and land development approval processes, and third-party appeals.
  • Coal and nuclear - counsel to a major utility in a “swap” with other utility of ownership interests in five coal-fired and nuclear electric generating facilities in Ohio and Pennsylvania for full ownership interests in three coal-fired facilities, and in a subsequent auction sale of the three coal-fired facilities and four other coal and oil-fired facilities.
  • Wind - counsel to buyers and sellers of wind project assets in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Oklahoma.
  • Transmission - served as Pennsylvania regulatory counsel for an international electric transmission project that proposed to cross one of the Great Lakes and land in Pennsylvania with underground high-voltage direct-current electric cable.
  • Aerospace - represented client with respect to auction and negotiated sale of major aerospace technology business with facilities in multiple states and complex splitting of sold and retained assets and responsibilities.