Mr. Wochner advises, represents and advocates on behalf of a wide range of energy industry clients, focusing on natural gas, LNG and oil related matters, as well as offshore energy infrastructure development. With nearly 25 years in Washington, D.C., he regularly advises clients on critical federal regulatory and policy issues that impact energy infrastructure and commodities. Over the years, he has appeared regularly on behalf of clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC); the Departments of Energy, the Interior, and Transportation; EPA; and on Capitol Hill. In 2010-2011, he served as lead Washington counsel on behalf of a major international drilling company in multiple Congressional and federal agency investigations and hearings related to the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill, including House Committees on Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources and the Judiciary, and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and its predecessor agencies.
Mr. Wochner’s clients include natural gas and LNG marketers, importers, exporters and project developers; financial institutions and hedge funds; offshore energy project developers; oil and gas pipelines and shippers; oil and gas drilling companies; and state and provincial government officials.
His experience includes counseling and representing clients in matters concerning:
- U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports and imports.
- Interstate natural gas, oil and oil product pipelines’ operations and policies before FERC.
- Natural gas trading operations, including NAESB agreements, interstate transportation capacity, and asset management arrangements.
- U.S. federal, state and local authorities’ roles in the development of energy infrastructure.
- Safety regulations under the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Part 193, applicable to pipelines and LNG facilities.
- Congressional investigations into oil and natural gas related matters, including oil spills.
- Minerals Management Service (MMS) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) leasing issues associated with offshore energy facilities, including LNG terminals, wind and hydrokinetic power facilities, and natural gas pipelines.
- Development of stakeholder engagement strategies for energy infrastructure projects.
Additionally, Mr. Wochner serves as co-Practice Area Leader for K&L Gates’ global Policy & Regulatory Practice.