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Bracewell's environmental strategies group (ESG) is a multidisciplinary team of attorneys, public policy advocates, and strategic communications specialists that helps clients with high-profile environmental and energy issues. ESG's unique structure recognizes that, for many companies, major corporate decisions are influenced by a complex mix of environmental, public policy, and public relations issues.

In some cases, companies require high-level guidance and counseling to help them understand these issues and make the right decisions. In other cases, they must be actively involved in shaping the issues – an effort that requires effective and coordinated advocacy before Congress, federal and state agencies, the courts, and the media. Whatever the requirements are, we help clients on issues such as regulatory enforcement and compliance, air quality, energy policy, major industrial development, corporate transactions, and contamination and exposure.

Our practitioners have a government insider's perspective, with decades of experience counseling clients both within industry and in key government positions within federal and state agencies. The ESG team has longstanding experience serving in governmental bodies such as the White House; regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC), and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); and the U.S. Congress.

Such experience and ESG's unique multidisciplinary structure enable our clients to be better positioned to:

  • manage regulatory developments
  • shape public policy
  • obtain support and approvals for proposed projects
  • resolve transactional challenges, and
  • develop and implement effective strategic communications, media, lobbying, and litigation strategies.

Given our unique strategic communications capabilities, our clients find that their voices are clearly heard by stakeholders in industry, the investment community, the public sphere, interest groups, and within the halls of government.

We represent leading companies in key sectors of the economy such as oil and gas, refining, power generation and transmission, liquid natural gas (LNG), renewable resources, chemicals, manufacturing, technology, mining, cement, and construction as well as the financial enterprises that interact with these industries. We also build and represent coalitions that share business objectives relating to environmental matters.