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. We counsel 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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