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Tad J. Macfarlan

Tad Macfarlan is a partner in the firm's environment, land and natural resources practice group. Tad is a full-service environmental lawyer who specializes in providing environmental and permitting advice to clients in the energy, utility, industrial and manufacturing sectors.  His clients include developers and operators of utility-scale wind and solar projects; shale gas production, transmission, processing and electric generation facilities; water and wastewater utilities; non-coal mines; and a variety of traditional manufacturing facilities. Over the past decade, Tad has developed extensive experience with the regulatory regimes governing wetland and stream protection; wastewater and stormwater discharges; water withdrawals; waste management; air emissions; threatened and endangered species; cultural resources and historic properties; and local land use and zoning requirements. His practice includes project development, transactional, litigation and enforcement defense 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 (2021-2022) and Environmental Law (2022)
  • 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
  • Hot Topics in Water Law and Regulation, 2020 Annual Environmental Conference, PA Chamber of Business and Industry, 28 October 2020
  • 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
  • Environmental 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, PA 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
  • "Vacatur Of Trump Water Rule Means More Uncertainty Ahead," Law360, 29 September 2021
  • 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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