Megan Haines serves as co-chair of the firm’s energy disputes practice. She has led numerous high-profile energy litigation and environmental regulatory matters in state and federal courts and before state and federal agencies on behalf of companies whose businesses extract, build or manufacture – from natural gas exploration and production companies and coal mining companies to steel and carbon product manufacturers. Megan also has counseled clients through environmental regulations, state energy regulatory commission proceedings, and municipal zoning matters impacting real estate development and commercial transactions.
From 2013 to 2018, Megan served as an adjunct professor at her alma mater, Duquesne University School of Law, where she instructed Oil & Gas Law.
Represented natural gas exploration and production company in obtaining long delayed well site permitting and obtained dismissal of litigation challenging that permitting.
Represented natural gas client in obtaining Underground Injection Control Well permitting and related litigation challenging municipal ordinance prohibiting the development of UIC wells, which resulted in a settlement to rescind the ordinance.
Favorably resolved an oil and gas joint operating dispute relating to well proposals and rights to operate on behalf of a non-operator.
Represent exploration and production company in gas gathering and processing agreement dispute arising from pipeline explosion on gatherer’s line
Represent operator in working interest owner dispute relating to decision not to place well into production.
Obtained summary judgment dismissal of analytical laboratory services company and two oilfield services companies in high profile toxic tort litigation pending before the Washington County Court of Common Pleas.
Obtained multiple injunctions of municipal regulations from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court utilizing then-available Section 3306 of Act 13.
Obtained issuance of municipal permits through mandamus action on behalf of natural gas exploration and production company.
Favorably resolved boundary and associated royalty dispute on behalf of landowner.
Obtained voluntary withdrawal in favor of natural gas exploration and production company of natural gas lease renewal litigation.
Arbitrated North Dakota working interest owner underpayment claims.Coal Litigation
Represented coal client before Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board in six-year complex offensive and defensive appeals relating to coal mining activities permitting and associated regulations thereof, resulting in decisions, among others, upholding the legality of longwall mining beneath streams in Pennsylvania and denying efforts to enjoin mining in a state park.
Participated in team defending NEPA challenge to Federal coal mining permitting.
Represent coal client in water supply replacement dispute.
Represent client in mine permit challenge alleging violations of Environmental Rights Amendment terminating in the appellants’ withdrawal of the appeal.Environmental
Coordinated site remediation and closure plan on behalf of natural gas producer and negotiated associated private water supply replacement agreement.
Lead environmental diligence on behalf of institutions lending funds to finance the construction of two natural gas-fired power plants in Pennsylvania.
Advised oil and gas companies regarding negotiation of produced water transfer agreement.
Advised and represented client regarding state and federal permitting and compliance issues associated with spent pickle liquor recycling and transport.
Represented manufacturing clients in negotiations regarding NPDES permit compliance and reissuance matters.Oil and Gas Counseling
Advised and represent clients regarding post-production costs and royalty calculations.
Advised natural gas clients with respect to leasing and pooling issues.State Energy Regulatory Matters
Represent EGS in complaints and investigations before the Pennsylvania Public Utility and the Public Utility Commission.
Represent EGS in investigation conducted by the Illinois Attorney General’s office in proceeding before Illinois Commerce Commission.
Obtain Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approval of grandfathered SRECs under PA Act 40.Commercial Litigation
Successfully recovered all amounts owed to subcontractor from prime contractor associated with a New York City public project, including amounts for disputed change orders and attorneys’ fees.
Prepared $100 million proof of loss, resulting in substantial settlement with insurer on behalf of government client.
Member, Allegheny County Bar Association
Member, Marcellus Shale Coalition