Scott Looper

Partner

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Houston

P: +1.713.229.1227
F: +1.713.229.7927
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Scott primarily focuses on midstream and LNG project development activities, including complex commercial contracts, A&D, rights-of-way, construction, operations, and joint ventures, in addition to energy regulatory (state and FERC) and litigation counseling. He also regularly advises corporate boards and committees on midstream transactions.

Scott has extensive experience with long-term commercial contracts related to gathering and pipeline transportation (including state and FERC tariffs); processing and fractionation; interconnection, compression, blending, treating, stabilization, and pumping; storage (underground and above-ground) and terminaling; commodity sales (including NAESB, ISDA and other forms), asset management, and marketing; feedstock, supply, offtake and offloading; liquefaction and terminal services; saltwater disposal; and hydrogen and CCUS.

Scott clerked for the Honorable Vanessa Gilmore of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Before law school, he worked as an energy analyst for Accenture.

Related Experience

Midstream Acquisitions & Divestitures

  • Represented Crestwood in $1.8 billion acquisition of Oasis Midstream Partners
  • Represented Conflicts Committee of Noble Midstream Partners in $1.6 billion acquisition of all remaining midstream interests of Noble Energy
  • Represented Moda Midstream in acquisition of Ingleside Energy Center in transaction worth $2.6 billion
  • Represented Delek US Holdings in $105 million dropdown of midstream assets to Delek Logistics
  • Represented Conflicts Committee of CNX Midstream, LP in purchase of interests from, and renegotiation of midstream contracts between, CNX Energy and HG Energy
  • Represented Initial Purchasers in Howard Midstream Energy Partner’s $400 Million Private Offering of Senior Notes
  • Represented EQT Midstream Partners LP in multiple drop-downs of assets by EQT Corporation to EQT Midstream Partners, LP
  • Represented Special Committee of Western Gas Equity Partners, LP in partial financing for $750,000,000 dropdown of assets by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation to Western Gas Partners, LP
  • Represented Veresen Inc. in $1.425 billion acquisition of Global Infrastructure Partners' 50% interest in the Ruby Pipeline gas transportation system extending from Wyoming to Oregon
  • Represented Enlink Midstream in $235 million acquisition of 1,400 miles of Chevron Midstream Pipelines LLC's natural gas pipeline assets extending from Texas to Louisiana
  • Represented Alliance Energy, LLC in $5 million acquisition of propane terminals in Minnesota

Storage/Terminaling Contracts

  • Represented Odfjell Terminals (as Terminal/Operator) in structuring, negotiation, and drafting of terminaling and storage agreements, transportation, offtake and product sale agreements, and marine services agreements for Gulf Coast and East Coast Terminals
  • Represented Moda Midstream (as Terminal/Operator) in negotiation and drafting of transportation, storage, terminaling, and offtake agreements as well as marine services agreements for Ingleside Energy Center
  • Represented TPC Group (as Operator) in negotiation and drafting of storage and terminaling agreements
  • Represented Cheniere (as Operator) in negotiation and drafting of crude terminaling, storage and offtake agreements
  • Represented Customer opposite Plains Operating, L.P. (as Terminal), in negotiation and drafting of crude oil terminaling agreements for the Reydon Station in Roger Mills County, Oklahoma
  • Represented Customer opposite Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska (as Operator), in negotiation and drafting of gas storage agreement for underground storage utility in Alaska
  • Represented Petal Gas Storage, LLC (as Operator) in negotiation and drafting of multiple Precedent Agreements for Firm Storage Service on proposed expansions of FERC-regulated underground storage facility

Gathering Contracts

  • Represented Crestwood in negotiation and drafting of multiple crude, gas, and NGLs gathering and transportations agreements
  • Represented EQM Gathering OPCO, LLC (as Gatherer), in negotiation and drafting of multiple wet/dry gas gathering agreements for new gathering systems located in Washington and Greene Counties, Pennsylvania, Wetzel County, West Virginia, and Columbiana County, Ohio
  • Represented Stonehenge Laurel Gathering, LLC (as Gatherer), in negotiation and drafting of multiple wet and dry gas gathering agreement for new gathering system in Armstrong, Butler and Clarion Counties, Pennsylvania
  • Represented Producer opposite Jackelope Gas Gathering Services, LLC (as Gatherer), in renegotiation of dry/wet gas gathering contract covering production from the Niobrara formation in Wyoming
  • Represented Producer opposite Utica Gas Services, LLC (as Gatherer), in renegotiation of dry/wet gas gathering contract covering production from Carroll, Jefferson and Columbiana Counties, Ohio, and Beaver County, Pennsylvania
  • Represented Producer opposite Magnolia Midstream Gas Services, LLC (as Gatherer), in renegotiation of dry gas gathering contract covering production from Caddo, DeSoto, Red River and Sabine Parishes, Louisiana, and Shelby and Panola Counties, Texas
  • Represented Producer opposite Williams MLP Operating, LLC (as Gatherer), in renegotiation of dry/wet gas gathering contract covering production from multiple counties in Arkansas, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas
    Represented Producer opposite Williams Ohio Valley Midstream LLC (as Gatherer), in renegotiation of two wet gas gathering agreements covering production from Wetzel, Tyler, and Harrison Counties, West Virginia
  • Represented Producer opposite Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. (as Gatherer), in renegotiation of wet gas gathering and water handling agreement related to the Story Gulch area of the Piceance Basin, and opposite Grand River Gathering, LLC (as Gatherer), in renegotiation of wet gas gathering agreements related to the Mesa Verde and Niobrara formations in the Mamm Creek and South Parachute areas of the Piceance Basin in Colorado
  • Represented Producer opposite Enterprise GC, LLC (as Gatherer), in negotiation and drafting of wet gas gathering agreement for production from Delaware Basin, Texas
  • Represented Producer opposite Oasis Pipeline, LP (as Gatherer), in negotiation and drafting of dry gas gathering agreement for residue gas processed from gas production in Delaware Basin, Texas

Transportation (Regulated and Non-Regulated) Contracts

  • Represented Producer opposite DCP Sandhills Pipeline, LLC (as Carrier), in negotiation and drafting of intrastate NGL transportation services agreement for NGLs processed from gas production in Delaware Basin, Texas
  • Represented Equitrans, L.P. (as Transporter) in negotiation and drafting of multiple Precedent Agreements for Firm Transportation Service on proposed expansions of FERC regulated pipeline
  • Represented Customer opposite Kinder Morgan Tejas Pipeline LLC (as Transporter), in negotiation and drafting of intrastate gas transportation and deferred account (storage) services agreement for deliveries to plant in Freeport, Texas
  • Represented Customer opposite Copano NGL Services, LLC (as Carrier), in negotiation and drafting of intrastate NGL transportation services agreement for NGLs processed from gas production in Delaware Basin, Texas
  • Represented Shipper opposite Monarch Oil Pipeline, LLC (as Gatherer), in negotiation and drafting of intrastate crude oil transportation services agreement for crude production in Delaware Basin, Texas, and opposite Monarch Oil Pipeline, LLC (as Transporter), in negotiation and drafting of firm crude oil transportation services agreement fon FERC-regulated pipeline in Texas and Oklahoma

Processing/Fractionation Contracts

  • Represented DLK Wolf Midstream, LLC (as Processor), in negotiation and drafting of multiple gas processing plant services agreements with customers for gas processing plant in Loving county, Texas
  • Represented DLK Black River Midstream, LLC (as Processor), in negotiation and drafting of multiple gas processing plant services agreements with customers for gas processing plant in Eddy County, New Mexico
  • Represented Producer opposite Enterprise Gas Processing, LLC (as Processor), in renegotiation of gas processing services agreement for production from the story Gulch, Mamm Creek and south Parachute areas of the Piceance Basin, Colorado
  • Represented Producer opposite Targa Resources, LLC (as Operator), in negotiation and drafting of Y-Grade fractionation agreement for fractionator in Mont Belvieu, Texas
  • Represented Producer opposite Enlink Eunice Fractionator, LLC (as Operator), in negotiation and drafting of Y-Grade fractionation agreement for fractionator in Sabine Parish, Louisiana
  • Represented American Midstream Partners, LP (as Processor), in negotiation and drafting of mezzanine gas processing agreement for production from offshore Gulf of Mexico

Combined Processing and Gathering/Transportation Contracts

  • Represented Producer opposite Enterprise Products Operating LLC (as Processor/Transporter), in negotiation and drafting of gas processing and transportation services agreement for production in Permian Basin, Texas
  • Represented Producer opposite Enterprise Field Services, LLC (as Gatherer/Processor), in negotiation and drafting of wet gas gathering and processing agreement for production from Eddy County, New Mexico
  • Represented Producer opposite Blue Racer Midstream, LLC (as Gatherer/Processor), in negotiation and drafting of wet gas gathering and processing agreement for production from Ellis County, Texas, and gathering/processing facilities located in Texas and Oklahoma
  • Represented Producer opposite Enterprise GC LLC (as Gatherer/Processor), in negotiation and drafting of gas gathering and processing agreement for gas processing plant in Reeves County, Texas, and in negotiation and drafting of Y-Grade-for-Plant Products exchange agreement for fractionation facility in Mont Belvieu, Texas
  • Represented Producer opposite Enable Gathering & Processing, LLC (as Gatherer/Processor), in negotiation and drafting of wet gas gathering and processing agreement for production from Delaware Basin, Texas
  • Represented Producer opposite ETC Field Services LLC (as Gatherer/Processor), in negotiation and drafting of wet gas gathering and processing agreement for production from Hutchinson County, Texas

Commodity Sales Contracts

  • Represented Seller opposite DCP Operating Company, LP (as Purchaser), in negotiation and drafting of multiple purchase agreements for NGLs and residue gas processed from gas production in Permian and Eagle Ford, Texas
  • Represented Seller opposite Valero Marketing and Supply Company (as Purchaser), in negotiation and drafting of multiple crude oil supply agreements for refinery located in McKee, Texas
  • Represented Seller opposite Plains Marketing, L.P. (as Purchaser), in negotiation and drafting of crude oil purchase agreements for the Reydon Station in Roger Mills County, Oklahoma
  • Represented BP Americas with negotiation and drafting of multiple NAESBs, ISDAs and other gas and oil purchase and sale agreements
  • Represented EQT Energy Company with negotiation and drafting of multiple NAESBs and ISDAs; developed negotiation guidebooks for internal teams
  • Represented Chesapeake Marketing with negotiation and drafting of multiple NAESBs, ISDAs and other gas purchase and sale agreements
  • Represented Sempra Energy with negotiation and drafting of multiple gas purchase and sale agreements
  • Represented Vega Energy with negotiation and drafting of multiple gas purchase and sale agreements

Midstream Construction/Operation Contracts

  • Represented Driftwood Pipeline in drafting of form Interconnect Agreement and negotiation of multiple interconnect agreements with connecting interstate pipelines
  • Represented Odfjell Terminals in negotiation and drafting of pipeline construction agreements, MSAs and easement agreements
  • Represented DLK Wolf Midstream, LLC (as Owner), in negotiation and drafting of engineering, procurement and construction agreement and gas processing plant start-up and operating agreement for gas processing plant in Loving County, Texas
  • Represented DLK Black River Midstream, LLC (as Owner), in negotiation and drafting of construction and operating agreement for gas processing plant in Eddy County, New Mexico
  • Represented WhiteWater Midstream, LLC (as Owner), in negotiation and drafting of multiple construction and installation agreements. Interconnect agreements, and MSAs for new gas pipeline in Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico.
  • Represented various Producers and Midstream Companies in the negotiation and drafting of Interconnect Agreements.

Saltwater Disposal Well Contracts

  • Represented Fulcrum, LLC (as Owner), in negotiation and drafting of construction and operating agreement for injection well in Loving County, Texas
  • Represented Murphy Exploration & Production Company (as Customer), in negotiation and drafting of multiple saltwater disposal well services agreements for wells in Texas and Oklahoma

Downstream and LNG

  • Sasol’s Lake Charles Chemical Project – negotiated and drafted EPCM, EPFCs and related contracts for owner of $7 billion ethane cracker complex
  • Meridian LNG Holdings Corp. – negotiated and drafted a 2.0 MTPA liquefaction tolling agreement for first customer of Magnolia LNG, LLC’s LNG export terminal
  • ENSTAR Natural Gas Company – representation in numerous matters, including while seconded to company to assist with project development of first Alaskan underground gas storage utility in consortium project with electric power and gas distribution companies for increased gas supplies in Cook Inlet region
  • Excelerate Energy – drafted purchase and sale agreement for $350 million share in LNG charter company, and negotiated multiple liquefaction tolling agreements and terminal use agreements for customer of proposed LNG terminals in the USA

Regulatory

  • BP Energy Company and BP America Production Company – representation in numerous FERC dockets
  • Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska – representation during proceedings to obtain certificate of public convenience and necessity from Regulatory Commission of Alaska (RCA) for first underground gas storage utility in Alaska
  • BP Exploration Alaska Inc. – representation in: (i) public comments at FERC; (ii) FERC gas tariff and precedent agreement negotiation and drafting; and (iii) development of FERC and RCA-regulatory framework; in each case in connection with first natural gas pipeline from the North Slope of Alaska to commercial markets
  • Major oil company – representation concerning Texas Railroad Commission (TRC) and FERC regulatory compliance issues in Eagle Ford formation
  • Energy holdings company – representation concerning TRC and Texas Public Utility Commission (PUCT) regulations for new electric generating plants and gas pipelines
  • Several electric generating companies – representation during enforcement investigations by FERC, ERCOT, IMM and TRE
  • LNG charter company – representation during Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation pursuant to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)

Litigation

  • CIMA Energy, Ltd. vs. Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company LP – favorable settlement for CIMA after remanding force majeure contract dispute to Texas state court
  • Spectra Energy – favorable settlement in jurisdictional dispute over filed rates on Spectra’s Algonquin Gas Transmission system in parallel litigation against Boston Generating, LLC before bankruptcy court and U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and parallel regulatory hearings before FERC under FPA and NGA
  • South-Wen, Inc. vs. Integrys Energy Services – favorable settlement for Integrys in Texas state court contract dispute after plaintiff’s regulatory class action claims on summary judgment were denied
  • Energy trading company – favorable settlement in Texas state court contract dispute after motion to dismiss was denied on jurisdictional grounds

Awards & Community

Recognized as a "Next Generation Partner" by The Legal 500 U.S., 2020, 2021 & 2022

Recognized as a "Rising Star" by The Legal 500 U.S., 2019

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