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Tad J. Macfarlan

Tad Macfarlan is a partner in the firm’s environment, land and natural resources practice group. Tad advises the firm's energy, industrial, utility and commercial sector clients on compliance with federal, state and local environmental and land use laws. He has extensive experience working with the regulatory regimes governing wetland and stream protection, wastewater and stormwater discharges, air emissions, solid and hazardous waste management, water withdrawals, chemical and toxic substance controls, release reporting and response, and preservation of endangered species, cultural resources and historic properties. His practice includes project development, transactional, litigation, enforcement defense and regulatory compliance matters.

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Tad was a law clerk for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III Office of Regional Counsel. He also worked as a legal intern for the National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center.

  • The Best Lawyers in America “Ones to Watch” - Energy Law, Land Use and Zoning Law (2021)
  • American Bar Association, Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources, Constitutional Law Committee, Vice Chair (2017 to Present)
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Environmental and Energy Law Section
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • EPA’s New Navigable Waters Protection Rule: Taking Advantage of a Reduced Federal Role, Strafford Webinars, 6 May 2020
  • Current Issues Under the Clean Water Act, Halfmoon Education, Pennsylvania Water Laws and Regulations Seminar, 2 February 2020
  • Enviromental and Local Permitting Process for Energy Generation Projects, Halfmoon Education, Issues in Pennsylvania Energy and Electric Utility Regulation Seminar, 15 January 2020
  • Waters of the United States – Recent Actions and What’s Next, National Water Supply Alliance 2019 Annual Meeting, 3 October 2019
  • Environmental Enforcement Actions and Company Response, Pennsylvania Asphalt and Pavement Association 2019 Environmental Seminar, 9 April 2019
  • Air Update: State and Federal Regulatory Developments Impacting the Oil and Gas Midstream Sector in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Pipeline & Midstream Update 2018, 7 November 2018
  • Energy Production: Potential Water Supply and Quality Issues, Halfmoon Education Water Laws and Regulations Seminar, 20 February 2018
  • Current Issues with the Clean Water Act, Halfmoon Education Water Laws and Regulations Seminar, 20 February 2018
  • Water Issues Update, Environmental Compliance Issues Conference, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, 29 October 2015
  • Waters of the U.S.: Key Issues and Implications, Law Seminars International, 11 June 2015
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Law and Practice, Ch. 6 (Wetlands) and Ch. 23 (A Practical Guide to Obtaining Wetland Permits), The Pennsylvania Bar Institute 
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Laws and Regulations, Ch. 5 (In Depth Guide to PA Water and Wastewater Issues), PA Chamber of Business and Industry
  • “Noise Regulation of the Shale Oil & Gas Extraction and Production Industry,” 6th Law of Shale Plays Conference, Institute for Energy Law, Center for American & International Law, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation, 10-11 September 2015
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