Dan Chorost helps domestic and international developers as well as governmental entities navigate the environmental review processes required for wind, solar and other complex development projects. Dan works to minimize project litigation risk using his environmental and commercial litigation background, and defends against any challenges that materialize under the National Environmental Policy Act or its state analogs, such as the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act.
Representative matters include:
- Equinor Wind US on the permitting and development of the 816-megawatt Empire Wind offshore wind farm, to be located 20 miles south of Long Island.
- Atlantic Offshore Terminals on the property acquisition and the environmental permitting required to develop the Arthur Kill Terminal project, which will be the first offshore wind pre-assembly facility in New York State
- NYSERDA on the development of the New York State Offshore Wind Master Plan and its 21 supporting environmental and infrastructure studies; the Master Plan articulates the State’s planning principles for offshore wind development and energy purchasing, and forms the basis of the State’s goal of facilitating the development of 9 GW of offshore wind by 2035.
- Private and public entities, including Empire State Development, on the permitting and the successful litigation defense of the Barclays Center/Atlantic Yards project, the largest development program in Brooklyn’s history.
- The State of New York on the environmental permitting and successful defense of Columbia University’s creation of a new graduate research campus in northern Manhattan.
- US, Canadian and European solar developers in connection with community solar, on-shore wind and other renewable portfolios in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Massachusetts.
- A non-profit municipal consortium on the aggregated procurement of solar panels to install on municipal properties, and of green and brown electricity to supply to over 100,000 homes in Westchester County, NY.
- A New York municipality to successfully block construction of a natural gas pipeline through local critical environmental areas.
A firm Principal since 2007, Dan writes and widely lectures on offshore wind development and other renewable energy matters.
For: Organizer/Presenter at Sive, Paget & Riesel's "Cruise to the Future" Event, New York, NY
“A Primer on U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Development”
For: Presenter at American Law Institute/Environmental Law Institute, National Environmental Law Annual Conference, Washington, DC
For: Organizer/Presenter at Sive, Paget & Riesel's full-day Offshore Wind symposium, New York, NY
“State and Federal Permitting of Offshore Wind in the United States”
For: Presenter at The German-American Chamber of Commerce, New York, NY
“Offshore Wind for New York: Regulatory Framework and Update”
For: Presenter at The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Environmental/Energy Law Committee’s Offshore Wind Initiative: The Legal Path Forward, New York, NY
“U.S. Offshore Wind Development”
For: Presenter at Stibbe Offshore Wind Expert Symposium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
“The Law of Renewable Energy”
For: Program Co-Chair/Presenter, The New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Annual Meeting, New York, NY
“Demonstrating Divisibility at Sediment Megasites: Building a Case against Joint and Several Liability in Superfund Waterways,” co-author Priya Murthy
For: Environmental Law in New York
“Green Buildings: Emerging Laws and Practices,” co-author Margaret Macdonald
For: Practical Law Journal
“Initiatives Hit Workplace Violations With Environmental Laws,” co-author Daniel Riesel
For: New York Law Journal
“When Regulatory Universes Collide: Environmental Regulation in the Workplace,” co-author Daniel Riesel
For: N.Y.U. Environmental Law Journal 613