Blake Williams advises energy companies on regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal matters. He has regulatory, environmental and Aboriginal experience in relation to provincially and federally regulated energy developments throughout Canada including pipelines, oil sands operations, renewable energy projects, LNG facilities, storage facilities, rail facilities, power plants and utility infrastructure.
Blake has represented clients in proceedings and matters before the Alberta Energy Regulator (formerly, the Energy Resources Conservation Board), Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Environmental Appeals Board, Alberta Surface Rights Board, Alberta's Métis Settlements Appeal Tribunal and the National Energy Board. He has further significant experience advising clients on matters related to various additional regulatory agencies, including the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission and the British Columbia Surface Rights Board. In addition, Blake has represented clients before the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal.
Blake also regularly advises clients concerning spills, contaminated sites, and chemical and other regulatory compliance issues.
Blake joined Bennett Jones as an associate in 2008 after previously articling with the
- Plains Midstream Canada ULC in connection with its $1.67 billion acquisition of the Canadian natural gas liquids and liquefied petroleum gas business of BP Canada. Read more
- J. Aron & Company in connection with its acquisition of the natural gas marketing and trading books of each of Nexen Marketing, Nexen's Canadian marketing arm, and Nexen Marketing U.S.A. Inc., its U.S. unit, for an undisclosed sum.
- A large oil and gas producer, in connection with advice regarding
First Nations consultation in relation to energy project
developments on reserve lands and traditional lands of various
First Nations in Alberta and British Columbia.
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