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David L. Wochner

Draft written testimony and prepare senior executive of major international drilling company for oral testimony before the United Kingdom House of Commons Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change related to offshore drilling issues after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Counsel and represent a major international drilling company in multiple Congressional investigations and hearings related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Advise offshore LNG import project developer on regulatory and policy issues associated with the Deepwater Port Act, including Governors’ veto authority, interagency dispute resolution, and obtaining offshore leases from MMS for associated pipelines and cables.
Advise large offshore energy company with regard to BOEM leasing and BSEE enforcement matters related to offshore drilling activities.
Advise and represent a European off­shore wind project developer bidding in a U.S. BOEM lease sale off the coast of Maryland, including advice on the regulatory process and competition rules applicable to bidding.
Serve as lead regulatory counsel on behalf of a major international LNG importer in natural gas interchangeability proceedings on multiple interstate pipelines and in defense against allegations of infrastructure harm.
Serve as lead counsel for large natural gas producer regarding the development and acquisition of capacity on multiple pipelines in the Marcellus Shale production area, including negotiating 20-year precedent agreements with pipeline companies
Represent start-up company involved in natural gas vehicles industry in advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill related to passage of the NATGAS Act, encouraging use of natural gas as a transportation fuel.
Represent independent natural gas producer in the Marcellus Shale in FERC proceedings seeking the abandonment of interstate natural gas pipelines and conversion to gathering lines
Advise and represent large southeast electric cooperative in negotiation and drafting of precedent agreements with two long-haul interstate natural gas pipelines
Advise large southeast electric cooperative on PHMSA compliance matters related to oil pipeline crossing property
Advise large southeast electric cooperative on negotiation of NAESB gas supply agreements.
Advise and negotiate on behalf a major IOC in all regulatory and commercial matters associated with acquisition of LNG export and pipeline transportation capacity at the Elba Island LNG terminal.
Advise and negotiate on behalf of a major Asian NOC on regulatory and commercial matters associated with acquisition of LNG export capacity at a U.S. East Coast LNG terminal. 
Advise and represent large global oil and gas trading company on FERC regulatory matters, including the transfer of natural gas supply and transportation contracts, verification of compliance with FERC regulations and policies, and representation before FERC in applications for waivers of FERC’s tying prohibition to effectuate the sale and purchase.
Advise and represent developer of offshore CNG export facility in the Gulf of Mexico in regulatory proceedings before the Maritime Administration (MARAD) and US Coast Guard
Advise and represent US LNG export project developer on CFIUS matters, including engagement with Treasury Department and the U.S. Department of Energy related to foreign investment in LNG infrastructure by Middle East-based sovereign wealth fund
Advise LNG export project developer on all regulatory matters related to negotiation of 20-year interstate pipeline capacity precedent agreement with large interstate natural gas pipeline company, including open season obligations, asset management arrangements, capacity release provisions, negotiated rate agreements, and analysis of FERC policy on buy-sell transactions for LNG export projects and related feed gas pipelines
Advise NextDecade on all regulatory aspects related to the siting and construction of the Rio Grande LNG export facility and Rio Bravo interstate natural gas pipeline in Texas, including the FERC Natural Gas Act Sections 3 and 7 proceedings and the DOE LNG export license proceedings
Advise major European oil and gas company on regulatory requirements related to the abandonment of pipeline on the U.S. outer continental shelf (OCS).
Advise large oil and gas trade association on White House Council on Environmental Quality engagement related to proposed modifications to the body’s regulations related to implementation of NEPA
Represent the American Petroleum Institute in appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit related to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s and the Department of Energy’s consideration of GHGs, climate change, and upstream and downstream indirect effects from LNG and natural gas pipeline infrastructure development
Represent the American Petroleum Institute in appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit related to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s and the Department of Energy’s consideration of GHGs, climate change, and upstream and downstream indirect effects from LNG and natural gas pipeline infrastructure development
Draft comments on behalf of large oil and gas trade association in major regulatory rulemaking before the U.S. Department of Energy related to analysis and consideration of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and climate change in the agency’s NEPA regulatory review process for multiple large-scale liquefied natural gas export facilities
Advise large oil and gas trade association on White House Council on Environmental Quality engagement to proposed modifications to the body’s regulations related to implementation of NEPA
Draft comments on behalf of large oil and gas trade association in major regulatory rulemaking before the U.S. Department of Energy related to analysis and consideration of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and climate change in the agency’s NEPA regulatory review process for multiple large-scale liquefied natural gas export facilities
Advise large energy infrastructure hedge fund with over US$6B under management on U.S. LNG export issues, including development of strategies to address political and policy issues at DOE and FERC.
Advise and represent US LNG export project developer in negotiations with US Export-Import Bank related to various financing and funding mechanisms for LNG offtake from US Gulf Coast facility
Advise and represent US LNG export project developer on CFIUS matters, including engagement with Treasury Department and the U.S. Department of Energy related to foreign investment in LNG infrastructure by Chinese investment fund
Advise and represent client seeking approval of LNG export facility production capacity increase in engagement with FERC, PHMSA, EPA and OSHA related to federal regulations governing non-hydrocarbon hazardous substances onsite, including PHMSA Part 193, EPA RMP, and OSHA PSM programs
Serve as lead regulatory and policy counsel on behalf of Australian-based Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd. in efforts to develop the 8 mtpa Magnolia LNG export facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana, including representing the client before FERC, DOE, PHMSA and the U.S. Coast Guard
Represent and advise the Government of the Province of New Brunswick, Canada, on LNG and natural gas matters, including participation in proceedings at FERC, PHMSA, and US Coast Guard related to LNG import and export terminal, maritime transit, and pipeline safety issues.
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