Environmental, Water Law & Land Use

Environmental law, water law and land use management comprise an important part of the Vogel Law Firm’s practice. Our attorneys counsel and represent clients on regulatory compliance issues, cost recovery and allocation actions, as well as litigating environmental tort, pollution and water law claims. We have experience representing nearly all parties and sides involved in environmental, water and land use disputes, including political subdivisions, farmers, land owners, purchasers and sellers, private businesses and public interest groups. Vogel’s environmental and water law practice covers a large breadth of substantive areas.

Contamination and Clean Up. Wecounsel clients with respect to Phase I and Phase II analyses of contaminated property, as well as assisting property owners, buyers and sellers through the MPCA Voluntary Investigation and Clean-Up Program (VIC) and Voluntary Petroleum Investigation and Clean-Up Program (VPIC). We provide representation related to NEPA and Environmental Impact Statements, notices of violations with the North Dakota State Health Department and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Superfund cost recovery and actions to allocate financial responsibility, and solid and hazardous waste management issues, including EPA, FAA and OSHA administrative matters.

Environmental Litigation. We represent clients in environmental tort litigation, including claims arising from lead paint, mold, asbestos, chemical spills, landfills and underground and aboveground storage tanks leaks. We also assist clients seeking insurance recovery for environmental cleanup costs, property damage and bodily injury claims.

Regulatory Compliance. We advise clients on compliance with state and federal air, water and hazardous materials laws and permitting requirements, including laws and regulations applicable to agricultural chemicals and fertilizers, animal feedlots, and oil and gas exploration and oilfield services. We also represent clients regarding claimed violations of state and federal air, water and hazardous materials laws and regulations.

Water Rights. We counsel clients involved in local, national and international water rights disputes. We are routinely called upon to represent landowners involved in flooding, drainage and dike disputes and litigation, and to represent political subdivisions engaged in water rights and flood protection planning and development.

Land Use. We represent private and government development interests in condemnation, zoning and land use proceedings, including issues related to streets, setbacks, flood protection, drains, easements, airports and utilities.

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