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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 (NEPA) or its state analogs, such as the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). He lectures widely on offshore wind development.

Ranked in Top 100 Legal Professionals in Global Wind Power Market for 2018-2019 by A Word About Wind, based upon industry survey and independent market research
Program Co-Chair, NYS Bar Association, Environmental Law Section Annual Meeting, The Law of Solar Energy, January 2016
Chambers and Partners USA, Ranked Band 3 Environmental Lawyer
Who’s Who Legal, Environment & Climate Change
New York Metro Super Lawyers, Environmental Law
Environmental Impact Review/Permitting
Permitting and Litigation for Private Commercial Developments

Arthur Kill Terminal

Location: Staten Island, NY | Date: Ongoing

SPR is environmental counsel to the developer of the proposed Arthur Kill Terminal, the first offshore wind pre-assembly port facility in New York State. SPR assisted in identifying and acquiring the project site and is shepherding the project through the state and federal permitting and approval processes. This Staten Island project is uniquely positioned to serve the offshore wind industry in the Mid-Atlantic and will form a hub for the development of an offshore wind supply chain. The project will reduce the cost of constructing and operating offshore wind projects, facilitate the realization of significant local economic benefits, create thousands of jobs, provide workforce development and training, and catalyze supply chain investments needed to support offshore wind projects throughout the United States.

“U.S. Offshore Wind Permitting and Development: The Answer is Blowin’ in the Wind,” Co-Presenter

For: Quimbee

August 2021

“Celebration of Project to Develop Offshore Wind Pre-Assembly Facility in New York City,” Presenter

For: Organizer/Presenter at Sive, Paget & Riesel's "Cruise to the Future" Event, New York, NY

April 2019

“A Primer on U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Development,” Presenter

For: Presenter at American Law Institute/Environmental Law Institute, National Environmental Law Annual Conference, Washington, DC

February 2019

“The Future of Offshore Wind: New York State,” Presenter

For: Organizer/Presenter at Sive, Paget & Riesel's full-day Offshore Wind symposium, New York, NY

June 2018

“State and Federal Permitting of Offshore Wind in the United States,” Presenter

For: Presenter at The German-American Chamber of Commerce, New York, NY

June 2018

“Offshore Wind for New York: Regulatory Framework and Update,” Presenter

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

May 2018

“U.S. Offshore Wind Development,” Presenter

For: Presenter at Stibbe Offshore Wind Expert Symposium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

November 2017

“The Law of Renewable Energy,” Presenter

For: Program Co-Chair/Presenter, The New York State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Annual Meeting, New York, NY

January 2016

“Demonstrating Divisibility at Sediment Megasites: Building a Case against Joint and Several Liability in Superfund Waterways,” Co-Author

For: Environmental Law in New York; Co-Author(s): Priya Murthy

August 2015

“Initiatives Hit Workplace Violations With Environmental Laws,” Co-Author

For: New York Law Journal; Co-Author(s): Daniel Riesel

September 7, 2005

“When Regulatory Universes Collide: Environmental Regulation in the Workplace,” Co-Author

For: N.Y.U. Environmental Law Journal 613


Equinor Becomes Leading U.S. Offshore Wind Developer with 2,500 Megawatt Award from New York State

In his January 13, 2021 State of the State address, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that New York will contract with Equinor Wind US LLC (Equinor) for 2,490 megawatts (MW) of offshore wind energy, the largest combined procurement of offshore wind energy ...

NYSERDA Requests PSC Authorization to Procure at Least 1,000 MW of Offshore Wind Capacity in 2020

On January 28, 2020, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (“NYSERDA”) submitted a petition to the New York State Public Service Commission (“PSC”) seeking authorization to issue a solicitation to procure between 1,000 ...

NEPA Review of Pipeline Project Upheld by D.C. Circuit – With Asterisk

On June 4, the D.C. Circuit issued a decision in Birckhead, et al. v. FERC, in which the petitioners challenged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (“FERC”) environmental review of a natural gas pipeline project.<...

NYSERDA Issues New York’s First Offshore Wind Energy Solicitation

On November 8, 2018, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (“NYSERDA”) issued its first request for proposals (“RFP”) for offshore wind renewable energy credits (“ORECs”) associated with 800 MW ...

Federal Court Dismisses NEPA Challenge to Offshore Wind Lease

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia recently dismissed an Administrative Procedure Act (“APA”) litigation filed by the Fisheries Survival Fund and other commercial fishing interests related to the U.S. Bureau of ...

New York University School of Law, J.D., 1996

Rutgers College, B.A., 1992, With honors

New York, 1997

New Jersey, 1996

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Hon. Jorge A. Solis of the United States District Court, N.D. Tex., Dallas (1999-2000)

Sustainable Westchester, member of Board of Directors and Executive Committee (2015-2023)

NYU Furman Center, member of Board of Advisors (2016-2019)

Rye City School District, member of Facilities Committee (2015-2019)

City of Rye, NY, member of Transportation & Pedestrian Safety Committee (2016-2020)

The Junior State Foundation, member of the Alumni Committee and former member of the Board of Trustees (2010-2017)