Erin L. Anderson

Partner

Millennium Tower
719 Second Avenue Suite 1150
Seattle, WA 98104
  • Currently representing developer in the procurement of local, state and federal land use, regulatory and environmental permits, concurrently with undergoing SEPA review, regarding development of a first-of-its-kind LNG conversion, storage and marine LNG fueling facility in the Port of Tacoma, Washington, that will replace marine diesel fuel with cleaner-burning LNG. Represents Northwest Innovation Works – Kalama, LLC in the development of a methanol manufacturing and marine export facility that will deploy ultra- low emissions and zero-discharge technologies, including the procurement and defense of local, state and federal shoreline use and environmental permits.
  • On-going representation of electrical transmission provider regarding siting and permitting of upgrades to high-voltage transmission facilities and substations in variety of urban, shoreline and rural environments within an existing utility corridor, eliminating the need for development of a new power corridor.
  • Represents a group of Pacific Northwest Ports in the environmental review under NEPA and SEPA and the procurement of permits for maintenance dredging and dredge materials placement on the Lower Columbia River in order to maintain federal navigation channel depths that allow for continued annual transit of over 50 million tons of cargo valued at over $25 billion per year.
  • Conducts due diligence on existing land use and shoreline permits and future development permit requirements for the acquisition of a variety of power generation facilities across the United States.
  • Advises clients regarding venue and jurisdictional reach of local v. centralized Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council regarding permitting of energy generation facilities, intrastate gas and oil pipelines, enumerated electrical transmission lines, and fuel receiving and processing facilities. Represented owner/developer in the permitting of a 1,432 MW wind energy facility and successfully defended environmental and substantive permit lawsuits.
  • Drafted and negotiated a series of multi-party procurement, development and operations agreements utilizing a public-private finance structure and a design-build method of development for privatized long-term operations of a publicly-owned 3.6 MGD sequencing batch reactor wastewater treatment plant serving the Washington Department of Transportation, three municipalities and one privately-owned 6,000-acre destination resort. Counseled developer of 49 MW solar PV farm on land use and regulatory requirements.
  • Assisted clients in initial permitting of crude-by-rail facilities and subsequent expansion of constructed infrastructure.
  • Conducted fatal flaw analysis of regulatory and land use requirements for cross-state natural gas pipeline.
  • Obtained the timely issuance of federal No Hazard to Aviation certificates for wind facility over civil aviation and federal agency requests for denial. Member of two permitting teams that assisted clients in obtaining highly contested Site Certification Agreements from (former) Washington Governor Christine upon favorable recommendations from the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, and successful defense thereof before the Washington Supreme Court, establishing precedence on issues of sufficient environmental assessment of aesthetic impacts, legal effects of facility proximity of National Scenic Area, jurisdictional authority of Washington siting council and standard of deference to Governor and recommendation of siting council based upon complete administrative record.
  • Conducted environmental permit and regulatory due diligence for purchaser of biomass facility certified for REC’s in multiĀ­state region.
  • Correctly analyzed multi-agency regulations and preemptive authority on contested deep geothermal electrical generation facility.

Practice Areas

Energy

Environment

Land Use