Charles T.Wehland (Chuck)

Partner

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Chuck Wehland advances the interests of clients in the energy industry by counseling and defending them in environmental matters. His cases have established important precedent for the regional haze requirements in the Clean Air Act, the statute of limitations for Clean Air Act citizen lawsuits, successor liability for Superfund cleanups, and the available defenses to imminent and substantial endangerment claims under hazardous waste laws.

He has worked on a variety of complex air permit issues for utilities, oil and gas companies, chemical manufacturers, and mining companies, developing arguments to refute the possible aggregation of midstream gas processing facilities and to blunt the government's ability to challenge pre-construction emission projections. He has worked on due diligence and the negotiation of agreements for environmental matters in several hundred transactions and financings. Clients also turn to him for help in developing effective environmental management systems and implementing required cleanups.

Chuck regularly writes and lectures on environmental subjects. He is active in several bar associations, including the Environmental Law Institute and the Environment, Energy and Resources Section of the ABA.

Experience

  • Law professors succeed as amici curiae in major environmental case before U.S. Supreme CourtJones Day filed an amicus brief on behalf of eight law professors in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, __ U.S. __, No. 11-338 (Mar. 20, 2013), an important environmental law case.
  • Oklahoma Gas and Electric obtains stay from Tenth Circuit of EPA’s final rule on Oklahoma's regional haze state implementation planOn June 22, 2012, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request by Jones Day client Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company to stay an EPA rule that would have required OG&E to spend over $1.2 billion over the next five years to install emissions control technology.
  • Atlas Pipeline Partners acquires private Eagle Ford company TEAK Midstream for $1 billionJones Day advised Atlas Pipeline Partners, L.P. on its acquisition of 100% of the equity interests of TEAK Midstream, L.L.C., a privately owned midstream operator, for $1 billion in cash, and, as part of the acquisition's financing, on the issuance of $400 million of Series D Convertible Preferred Securities.
  • Veolia sells U.S. solid waste business to Highstar Capital's portfolio company Star Atlantic Waste for $1.9 billionJones Day advised Veolia Environnement in the $1.9 billion sale of its U.S. solid waste business to Star Atlantic Waste Holdings LP, a portfolio company of Highstar Capital.
  • Marathon Petroleum purchases BP's Texas City refinery and related logistics and marketing assetsJones Day advised Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC) in its purchase of BP's Texas City refinery, three intrastate NGL pipelines originating at the refinery, an allocation of BP's Colonial Pipeline Company shipper history, four terminals, retail marketing contract assignments for approximately 1,200 branded sites and a 1,040 megawatt cogeneration (cogen) facility for a base purchase price of $598 million, plus inventories estimated at $1.2 billion and an earnout provision under which MPC could pay up to an additional $700 million over six years, subject to certain conditions.
  • KeyBank finances EverPower-sponsored wind power renewable energy project in PennsylvaniaJones Day advised KeyBank National Association in connection with the $101 million project financing provided to Big Savage, LLC, a subsidiary of EverPower Wind Holdings, Inc., for the construction, development, and operation of a wind power renewable energy project with a total generating capacity of 139.4 MW located in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
  • Summer associates advise Shedd AquariumChicago office summer associates have worked for the environmental advocacy team at Shedd Aquarium for many years.
  • CenterPoint Energy Resources successfully defends against Superfund claims involving former manufactured gas plant facility in Bangor, MaineJones Day is representing CenterPoint Energy Resources Corp. ("CenterPoint") in defense of a claim brought by Frontier Communications Company for contribution to response costs under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act ("CERCLA" or "Superfund").
  • Richland-Stryker, a unit of Quintana Minerals Corporation, acquires two gas-fired peaking facilities from First EnergyJones Day advised Quintana, an investment partnership based in Texas, through its subsidiary, Richland-Stryker Generation LLC, in the acquisition of two gas-fired peaking facilities, the Richland Generation Station and the Stryker Generation Station, from FirstEnergy Corp.
  • Firestone Building Products resolves civil penalty and enforcement actionJones Day defended Firestone Building Products Company against a civil penalty and enforcement action brought by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (Southern California), claiming that certain roofing adhesives manufactured and sold by Firestone in California exceeded the South Coast's VOC limits. The action was resolved on favorable terms.
  • Viasystems acquires DDi for $283 millionJones Day advised Viasystems Group in its acquisition of DDi Corp. for $283 million, or $268 million net of DDi's cash plus debt assumed.
  • Atlas Resource Partners agrees to acquire 277 bcfe of proved reserves in Barnett Shale from Carrizo Oil & GasJones Day advised Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. ("ARP"), a recently formed master limited partnership, in connection with its entry into a definitive purchase and sale agreement to acquire approximately 277 bcfe of proved reserves, including undeveloped drilling locations, in the Barnett Shale in Texas from Carrizo Oil & Gas for approximately $190 million.
  • Chesapeake Midstream Partners agrees to acquire gas gathering assets in Marcellus Shale from Chesapeake Energy for $865 millionJones Day advised Chesapeake Midstream Development L.P., one of the energy industry's largest midstream MLPs, in its acquisition of Appalachia Midstream Partners, L.L.C. ("AMS") from Chesapeake Midstream Development, L.P. ("CMD"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
  • Morgan Stanley acquires Crescent Real Estate Equities Company for $6.5 billion with $3.2 billion acquisition loanJones Day represented Morgan Stanley Realty Inc. in the $6.5 billion acquisition of Crescent Real Estate Equities Company, in which funds managed by Morgan Stanley Real Estate acquired Crescent in an all-cash transaction for $22.80 per share and the assumption of liabilities.
  • Midwest Generation negotiates EPC and equipment supply agreements designed to control emissions of NOx, SOx and particulates at multiple coal-fired generating unitsJones Day represented Midwest Generation LLC, the owner of 13 coal-fired generating units, in connection with the negotiation of EPC and equipment supply agreements designed for an environmental retrofit program implementing an agreement with the State of Illinois for the installation of facilities to control emissions of NOx, SOx and particulates.
  • XEMC New Energy acquires majority interest and financing of 25 MW offshore wind projectJones Day is advising XEMC NE, a Chinese state-owned company, in the pending acquisition of a majority interest and financing of a 25 MW offshore wind project developed by Fishermen's Energy LLC in New Jersey state waters.
  • TSRC acquires Dexco Polymers for US$168 millionJones Day advised TSRC Corporation in its acquisition of Dexco Polymers from The Dow Chemical Company, ExxonMobil Chemical Company, a division of Exxon Mobil Corporation, and certain of their respective affiliates for US$168 million.
  • Bridgestone acquires Bandag for $1 billionJones Day advised Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc. in its $1.05 billion acquisition of Bandag, Incorporated.
  • Lennox International sells Service Experts business to American CapitalJones Day advised Lennox International Inc., a provider of climate control solutions for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration markets around the world, in the sale of its Service Experts business to American Capital, Ltd.
  • RBS Citizens provides financing to TRC CompaniesJones Day represented RBS Citizens, N.A., as administrative agent, letter of credit issuer, sole lead arranger, and sole bookrunner, in a $75 million senior secured revolving credit facility to TRC Companies, Inc., an engineering, consulting, and construction management firm that provides integrated services to the environmental, energy, and infrastructure markets.
  • Granite Construction acquires Kenny Construction for $130 millionJones Day advised Granite Construction Inc. in the acquisition of Kenny Construction Company, a national contractor and construction manager specializing in the power, tunnel, water, and civil markets, for $130 million.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • August 21, 2013
      Changing Climate for Fracking, North Shore General Counsel Association
    • June 7, 2012
      Jones Day Chicago 2012 MCLE University
    • May 19, 2011
      Jones Day MCLE University - Chicago
    • April 8, 2010
      Climate Change Litigation, Carolinas Air Pollution Control Association Spring Tenchnical Conference
    • March 25, 2010
      2010 Speaker Series: Climate Change and Renewable Energy
    • November 10, 2009
      Executive Roundtable Series: Update on Renewable Energy and Climate Change Initiatives
    • July 23, 2009
      Energy Roundtable: New Administration, New Economy, and New Opportunities
    • December 2006
      Great Lakes Water Basin: International Law and Policy Crossroads Conference
    • March 10, 2006
      Developing Environmental Practice
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