Natural Resources

Harrison, Temblador, Hungerford & Guernsey provides complete environmental and natural resources counsel. The firm’s clients include mining companies operating at the local, regional, national, and international level, regional and national construction companies, industrial manufacturers, energy producers, insurance firms, and local governments. We understand the unique economic and strategic challenges that our clients must navigate. We also bring strong relationships with respected engineers, geologists, biologists and other consultants and can help apply those resources in service of our clients. We have special expertise in the major environmental review laws, NEPA and CEQA, and can provide clients with real-world strategies to move through the environmental review process as efficiently as possible.

Our expertise includes the following:

  • Wetland permitting under state and federal law
  • Endangered species analysis, permitting and litigation under state and federal law
  • Cultural resources and tribal lands evaluation under CEQA
  • Cultural resources compliance under the federal National Historic Preservation Act
  • Water quality permitting under federal and state water quality acts and regulations
  • Air permitting and representation before Air Hearing Boards
  • Defense of Clean Water Act Citizen Suits
  • Naturally Occurring Asbestos policy and advice
  • Species conservation and mitigation agreement
  • Agricultural protection rules and regulations
  • California’s Williamson Act agricultural protection statute
  • Alternative energy development projects
  • Timber harvest plans
  • Stream bed alteration agreements from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Bay Conservation and Development Commission permitting in and around San Francisco Bay
  • California Costal Act permitting for coastline and inland developments
  • Water rights
  • Inert debris and clean fill reuse sites

A representative summary of matters the Firm has handled is included below. For matters of public record, we would be happy to provide more detail upon request.

  • Act as lead counsel for consortium of trade associations and lead agencies in challenging endangered species listing under CEQA
  • Numerous representations of construction companies and wineries in defense of Citizen Act Clean Water Act enforcement suits
  • Represent construction materials producer in defense of clean up case under CERCLA
  • Represent construction companies in defense of civil liability actions brought by the water quality boards
  • Represent State Agency in defense of alleged violations of stationary source permits issued to local Air Quality District
  • Represent construction clients regarding application of Naturally Occurring Asbestos regulations
  • Work as legal expert with trade association drafting overall statutory update to State mining law
  • Advise clients concerning compliance with recycling and inert debris regulations with particular emphasis on concrete and asphalt recycle
  • Represent asphalt plant lessee in trial defense of landowner contamination claims
  • Represent developer in litigation with Railroad concerning access rights over joint access
  • Litigation against state Resource Agency concerning failure to issue streambed alteration agreement for greenfield resource site
  • Litigation against state air quality management district concerning failure to issue stationary source permits
  • Represent oil company in obtaining environmental clearances of property formerly identified as location with listed species
  • Represent race track development in clearing development following erroneous identification of endangered species impacts
  • Defense of County against Attorney General lawsuit alleging contamination of former mining property
  • Defense of major bridge contactor against clean water act claims alleging contamination of river in northern California
  • Obtain federal and state dredge and fill permits for major programmatic gravel skimming operations
  • Represent mine operators in defense of suits by environmental groups concerning multiple operations on the Yuba River