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Lucas C. Satterlee


Lucas Satterlee is associate at Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP, where his practice focuses on environmental, energy, and natural resources law with an emphasis on environmental review, permitting, litigation, and transactional matters associated with project development and regulatory compliance. His environmental law practice consists of navigating the state and federal environmental permitting process for clients in the mining, energy, and manufacturing industries. This work often involves matters pertaining to the environmental review process, air and water quality, solid and hazardous wastes, public lands, and other environmental and natural resource issues. Lucas also has experience handling transactions in renewable energy project finance, in addition to advising clients on issues related to unmanned systems (drones).

While in law school, Mr. Satterlee worked as a legal intern at the U.S. Department of Justice (Environment and Natural Resources Division) and the U.S. Department of Energy (Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy). These experiences provided him with unique insight into federal agency decision-making and litigation practice.

Mr. Satterlee is a member of the American Bar Association and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

Selected Articles & Presentations

  • "Opportunities and Potential Issues with Agencies Using Technology," Washburn Law Journal Symposium on Emerging Technology: Implementation and Regulation (2018)
  • "Colorado’s New Flowline Rules Seminar," DGS Seminar (2018)
  • "Clearing the Fog: A Historical Analysis of Environmental and Energy Law in Colorado," 28 Vill. Envtl. L.J. 1 (2017)
  • "Climate Drones: A New Tool for Oil & Gas Air Emission Monitoring," 46 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 11,069 (2016), reprinted in Summer Reading Issue – Best of ELI Publishing 2017, The Envtl. Forum (2017)
  • "Cautious Optimism: Renewable Energy in South Africa as a Sustainable Model for the Region," 32 J. Envtl. L. & Litig. 213 (2017)
  • Co-Author, "Minnesota Court of Appeals Defers to State Agency Interpretation that WQBEL Not Required in NPDES Permit," RMMLF, Water Law Newsletter No. 2 (2017)
  • "Minnesota Court of Appeals Holds, As Case of First Impression, That NPDES Water-Transfer Rule Exception Does Not Apply in Minnesota," RMMLF, Water Law Newsletter No. 3 (2017)
  • "Injecting Earthquakes into the Energy Debate," 34 UCLA J. Envtl. L. & Pol’y 221 (2016)
  • "Shattered Nerves: Addressing Induced Seismicity Through the Law of Nuisance," 46 Envtl. L. Rep. News & Analysis 10,326 (2016)
  • "Crude Accounting: Applying an Equitable Accounting Remedy to Venting and Flaring on Federal Leases to Determine More Accurate Royalty Payments," 64 Oil Gas & Energy Q. 441 (2016)
  • "Pristine Solitude or Equal Footing? San Juan County v. United States and Utah’s Larger Bid to Assert Control Over Public Lands in the Western United States," 92 Denv. U. L. Rev. 641 (2015)

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