Murray Plumb & Murray - Attorneys at Law, Portland, Maine
Environmental and Land Use Law
For over 30 years the lawyers of Murray Plumb & Murray have successfully guided their clients through the maze of environmental land use land regulation. Long before other Maine law firms began exploring environmental law, Murray Plumb & Murray attorneys already had acquired extensive experience in dealing with all of the major local, state and federal regulatory agencies. For better or worse, land use regulation is a dangerous territory to explore without an experienced guide. It requires specialized and comprehensive knowledge even to know which agencies have jurisdiction over a project or property, let alone what permits are needed, or what regulations are controlling.
This is where Murray Plumb & Murray can be uniquely helpful. We know the territory. We have assisted our clients in obtaining land use permits for everything from a backyard deck to a series of multi-million dollar power plants. Whether it be a swimming pool or a shopping center; a single-family home or an entire subdivision; a private landing or a public marina; a ham radio antenna or a regional telecommunications network; a septic system or a commercial gravel pit — we have helped build them all.
In addition, we have defended our clients in actions ranging from prosecutions for violating municipal setback regulations to potentially crippling Superfund clean-up suits. We have resolved claims including illegally-filled wetlands, leaking underground storage tanks, illegal subdivisions, hazardous wastes at an abandoned tannery, gasoline contamination of water supplies, and myriad zoning violations. MP&M lawyers handle site remediations, represent parties in environmental clean-up litigation under Superfund and Maine state clean up laws, defend companies penalized for violating environmental standards, advise companies on how to comply with complicated environmental regulations, and represent developers on brownfield redevelopment matters.
Because of the depth of our experience, our practitioners have been called on to navigate – and even create – the new regulatory world in which energy and environmental issues converge. We have worked with clients to develop complex renewable energy projects from project finance, construction and permitting to energy generation and purchase; launch electric vehicle programs; and develop green building projects.
Whatever land use problem you may have, the odds are overwhelming that MP&M has seen it, and solved it, many times before. Before embarking on a development project or replying to a regulatory agency, call us first.