Interstate Pipeline Companies: Condemning the State in Federal Court

This article originally appeared in the May 2019 issue of Pipeline & Gas Journal. Since publication, there’s been an important judicial update; additional information immediately follows the article reprint. Note: This addendum provides further detail of events and decisions occurring since the original article was published.  The State of New Jersey appealed the New Jersey District Court’s decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. The Third Circuit has now ruled on this issue and held that the Natural Gas Act did not abrogate New Jersey’s sovereign immunity and that PennEast cannot condemn property in which the state holds an interest without the state’s consent. In its decision, the Third Circuit held that “Congress cannot abrogate state sovereign immunity under the Commerce Clause, and because Congress enacted the NGA pursuant to that Clause, the statute cannot be a valid …

Rutter & Roy Recognized as WBE Owned and Controlled Firm

Freehold, NJ (September 9) – New Jersey-based environmental, energy and infrastructure law firm Rutter & Roy was recently certified as a WBE-owned and controlled firm by the New Jersey Department of Treasury’s Small Business Set-Aside Act and Minority and Women Certification Program. The purpose of the Act is to set forth the manner in which the Division of Development for Small Businesses and Women’s and Minority Businesses Act may assist in providing equal opportunity for minority and women-owned business enterprises to participate in State purchasing and procurement processes. “We are proud of the firm’s distinguished history and commitment to its clients. We are excited to join the distinguished group of women and minority-owned enterprises in New Jersey”, commented Christine Roy, Rutter & Roy’s Managing Partner. In addition to her role as Managing Partner in which she handles the day-to-day operation of the …

Getting in on the New Jersey ‘Wind Rush’

It’s clean, it’s beautiful, and it’s inexhaustible. It’s wind. As of earlier this year, New Jersey has decided to join the growing worldwide community of countries and states that are inviting this ancient, yet high-tech method of powering our homes, businesses, and lives. Gov. Murphy announced in July that the Danish company Ørsted has been named to build the state’s first offshore wind farm, a project the state says will power half a million homes, bring 15,000 jobs to the state, and bring $1.2 billion in economic benefits ashore along with the wind power. There is every reason to think that other companies and projects will follow, given 130 miles of coastline and the growing demand for green energy, amidst growing worry about climate change.  Best estimates are that we are looking at a multi-billion-dollar business here, and we want …

Rutter & Roy Attorneys Participate in Houston Pipeline Opportunities Conference

New Jersey Energy Lawyers Lead Session on Changes at FERC Two noted attorneys from Rutter & Roy LLP of Freehold, N.J.–Christine A. Roy and Richard G. Scott–will lead a panel at the Pipeline Opportunities Conference April 9th in Houston.  Ms. Roy and Mr. Scott will discuss changes at FERC—the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission—and how the federal agency has of late delegated some of its powers to individual state authorities. The day-long conference is sponsored by Pipeline & Gas Journal, in partnership with the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA) and features energy executives who represent pipeline operators, associations, service companies and the federal government. The 15th annual event provides unparalleled strategic insight into the state of the pipeline industry worldwide. Natural gas and pipeline experts will gather to discuss topics such as oil and gas prospects, pipeline infrastructure and more. …

Rutter & Roy Attorneys Participate in IRWA Conference

Freehold Lawyers Join Panel Sessions Pointing the Way to New Jersey’s Post-Sandy Rebuilding Two noted attorneys from Rutter & Roy LLP of Freehold, N.J.–Christine A. Roy and Brian W. Keatts–will play significant roles this week in the Region 4 Spring Conference of the International Right-of-Way Association, a multi-disciplinary professional group serving the infrastructure, utility and transportation industries. The New Jersey chapter of the IWRA is hosting chapters from 12 Eastern states and the District of Columbia for the conference, on March 28 and 29 at the Asbury Hotel in Asbury Park, N.J. Christine A. Roy, managing partner of Rutter & Roy, will co-moderate a seven-hour seminar on Thursday, focusing on the federal and state Storm Damage Mitigation Project stemming from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. Hundreds of lives were lost in the storm, and some $65 …

2018 Annual Environmental Business Roundtable: Projects, Trends and Governor Murphy’s Agenda

As published in COMMERCE Magazine By Martin C. Daks WHEN PHIL MURPHY WAS running for governor, he advanced an ambitious environmental agenda. Now that he is in Trenton as New Jersey’s top executive, inquiring minds are asking how Gov. Murphy’s green agenda will affect businesses. COMMERCE asked the following experts for their insights, thoughts and observations. Rutter & Roy, LLP Christine A. Roy, Esq., Partner There is some uncertainty about how the new administration will implement current regulations, and whether it will seek to amend them, according to Roy. “During the Christie administration, several of the permitting schemes were revamped to be consistent with one another, including the Coastal Zone Management Rules, Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rules, and, most recently, the Freshwater Wetlands Protection Act Rules.” Roy represents several interstate natural gas pipeline companies in New Jersey, so she’s watching how …

Christine A. Roy Recognized Second Year in a Row as Best Attorney 2017 by Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal

Rutter & Roy Partner Christine A. Roy has been selected as one of the top attorneys in 2017 by Mid Atlantic Real Estate Journal. This is the second year in a row she has been honored by the publication. With nearly 20 years of experience, Christine’s deep understanding of land use, transportation and pipeline law has impacted critical issues in New Jersey for decades. She has handled right-of-way acquisitions involving interstate natural gas pipeline projects and has served as lead counsel on approximately 100 condemnation actions filed in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey in connection with four major interstate natural gas pipeline projects. Roy is a member and past president of the International Right of Way Association, NJ Chapter. Roy is a former member of the New Brunswick and Middlesex County Bar Associations and is currently a member of the Monmouth County, New …

Brian W. Keatts, Esq., Joins Rutter & Roy LLP

FREEHOLD, N.J., June 5, 2017 – Rutter & Roy LLP (formerly Watson, Stevens, Rutter & Roy), announced that Brian W. Keatts, Esq. of Shrewsbury has joined the firm as a senior associate attorney. Since its founding in 1909, the regional law firm has focused on the areas of energy, infrastructure and environment, primarily in New Jersey and surrounding states. “Our firm’s unique culture distinguishes it from other law practices, and Brian’s experience and commitment to client service are a perfect fit,” said Rutter & Roy partner Christine A. Roy. “He brings added depth to our skilled team and will play an integral role in our continued growth.” Most recently, Keatts served as an associate with Parker, Ibrahim & Berg, LLC in Somerset, where he focused on representing design professionals and financial institutions in litigation and transactional matters in various state …