Brent Carson

Partner

206.802.3831

brc@vnf.com

Assistant

Millennium Tower
719 Second Avenue Suite 1150
Seattle, WA 98104
  • Represents the Port of Kalama, co-applicant with Northwest Innovation Works, in the development of a methanol manufacturing plant, new dock and marine transfer facility, and other associated process elements including a Ranney well proposed on port property.  Work includes  overseeing the environmental review and all aspects of federal, state and local air, water and land use permitting including Section 10 and 404 permits, and Endangered Species Act and NEPA compliance, State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), local air permits and shoreline permits  for the new dock and the methanol processing facility.  A partner pipeline company will be building a lateral pipeline extension that will bring natural gas from the existing natural gas transmission line to the new facility for methanol production, loading and transport to China for use as a feedstock in plastics production. 
  • Represents Vancouver Energy, a joint Venture between Tesoro Refining and Marketing Company LLC and Savage Companies overseeing all aspects of the company’s proposed crude oil terminal and marine transfer facility at the Port of Vancouver, WA.  The firm is managing a team of experts to obtain all federal and state industrial facility, land use, and environmental permits.  The project has the potential to become one of the first “crude–by-rail” terminal expansion projects in the Pacific Northwest designed to help deliver North American Mid-continent crude oil to West Coast refineries. 
  • Secured and defended land use entitlements for numerous commercial, residential, institutional and resource projects, including 2+ million square foot regional shopping center, stores for national retailers, 800+ unit master planned community, hospitals, and colleges.
  • Obtained high profile Section 404 and 401 permits for one of largest wetland fills and mitigation projects in Washington and successfully defended all permits in state and federal court.
  • Represented developer of 400-acre Wetland Mitigation Bank in obtaining and defending permits and negotiating and implementing banking instruments.
  • Successfully resolved wetland enforcement actions brought by the EPA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Washington Department of Ecology.
  • Negotiated and obtained approval of numerous development agreements providing code vesting for periods of up to 37 years and establishing conditions of approval involving scope of development, phasing, impact fees, transportation infrastructure, and utility extensions.

Publications

Chapter 23: Land Use and Environmental Law - Part Seven: Wetlands

Washington Lawyers Practice Manual
King County Bar Association (2013)
10/01/2013

Presentations

Permitting Strategies for Large, Controversial Projects in Washington State and the Northwest

Speaker, "Permit Basics - Overview of Legal Requirements and Social Media Effects on Project Opposition"
The Seminar Group
Seattle, WA
03/02/2017

2016 Environmental and Land Use Law Midyear Conference and Meeting

Speaker, "Mitigation Banks, In-Lieu Fees, and Permittee-Sponsored Mitigation — Opportunities and Challenges"
Cle Elum, Washington
05/05/2016

16th Annual Comprehensive Conference on Clean Water and Stormwater

Speaker, "Buyer’s Due Diligence - Lease terms and their impact on valuation: How the nature of the property affects the way the buyer should analyze the P&L for the property"
Law Seminars International
Seattle, Washington
04/18/2016

IWUA's 32nd Annual Water Law and Resource Issues Seminar

Presenter, "Summary of Litigation Challenging EPA / Army Corps' Final Rule "Waters of the United States"
Idaho Water Users Association
11/19/2015

15th Annual Wetlands in Washington Seminar

Program Co-Chair, "Summary of Litigation Challenging EPA / Army Corps' Final Rule "Waters of the United States"
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA
10/19/2015

Waters of the U.S. TeleBriefing

Panelist, "Introduction and Overview"
Law Seminars International
Telebriefing
06/11/2015

14th Annual Wetlands in Washington

Program Co-Chair, "Definition of Waters of the U.S."
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA
10/20/2014

13th Annual Wetlands in Washington

Conference Co-Chair
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA
10/02/2013

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