Taylor Pullins

Partner, Houston

Biography

Overview

Taylor Pullins is a partner in the Global Environmental & Climate Change Practice and the Global Mergers & Acquisitions Practice in the Houston office of White & Case. Taylor represents clients, particularly in the energy industry, in a broad range of environmental, health and safety (EHS) and environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) and energy transition matters.

His transactional practice involves the drafting and negotiating of environmental terms and indemnity provisions in complex business transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, project financings and security offerings. He has significant experience counseling clients on environmental permitting, enforcement defense matters, environmental litigation, internal investigations, and a broad range of environmental/regulatory matters affecting his clients’ operations. In addition, Taylor assists clients on complex policy and business decisions relating to evolving regulatory and societal expectations around climate change and other ESG matters.

Prior to White & Case, Taylor served as Managing Counsel, Director of Sustainability, and Assistant Corporate Secretary at Noble Energy where he led EHS and regulatory legal matters across the company’s portfolio of domestic and international energy assets. In that role, his practice focused on counseling clients through complex regulatory challenges, remedial and environmental enforcement matters, environmental litigation, and the resolution of environmental liabilities encountered in transactions. Taylor also led Noble Energy’s sustainability efforts, including their climate and sustainability reporting.

Bars and Courts
Texas State Bar
Education
JD
Brigham Young University
BA
University of Nevada, Reno
Languages
English
Spanish

Experience

Representative matters include:

Representation of a syndicate of commercial and institutional lenders, led by Société Générale, in the up to US$1.25 billion financing of the development of the deepwater Shenandoah field in the US Gulf of Mexico and related offshore infrastructure being developed by Beacon Offshore Energy, Navitas Petroleum and Houston Energy Quantum.

Representation of Sixth Street Partners, LLC, a global investment firm, in its US$405 million acquisition of PDP assets from Laredo Petroleum, Inc., a company focused on exploration in the Permian basin.

Representation of Diamond S Shipping Inc., one of the largest publicly listed owners and operators of crude and product tankers, in its US$2 billion merger with International Seaways, Inc., one of the largest tanker companies worldwide providing energy transportation services for crude oil and petroleum products.

Representative matters prior to joining White & Case include:

Representation of an upstream company and midstream affiliate in negotiating environmental and indemnity provisions of their merger agreement with a large integrated energy company.

Representation of an oilfield services company in resolving liability from contaminated lands as part of a consolidation transaction and initial public offering.

Representation of a public upstream company in preparing and publishing climate resilience report, refreshing sustainability reporting to include key elements of Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), and rechartering Board’s EHS committee to specifically include climate and other ESG risks and opportunities.

Representation of public companies in responding to formal shareholder proposals relating to climate disclosures, emissions performance and risk assessment matters.

Representation of upstream and midstream companies on engagement with ESG analysts and investors relating to climate matters.

Representation of an upstream company on emissions trading opportunities relating to a new venture exploration project in Canada.

Representation of oilfield services, midstream and upstream companies in US EPA investigations relating to hazardous waste generation and disposal practices.

Representation of an upstream company in response to Colorado Ballot Proposition 112 (minimum distance requirements for new oil and gas infrastructure) and Colorado Senate Bill 181 (regarding conduct of oil and gas operations).

Representation of an upstream company in defending challenges by local citizen groups to key air and water discharge permits for offshore production and processing facility.

Representation of upstream and midstream companies in developing prioritized management systems relating to personal safety and process safety events in their operations.

Representation of an upstream company in negotiating a resolution of OSHA inquiries relating to workplace safety regulations.

Representation of upstream company and midstream affiliate in federal and state environmental enforcement matters involving air, water and waste issues.

Representation of upstream, midstream, and oilfield services companies on the performance of EHS compliance audits under federal and state audit statutes.

Representation of an upstream company in its internal investigations of EHS incidents (offshore and onshore).

Representation of an upstream company on their transfer of asset retirement obligations as part of divestiture of Gulf of Mexico assets.

Representation of an oil and gas operator in the Gulf of Mexico against criminal prosecution relating to alleged oil spills and compliance with overboard water discharge rules.

Representation of a large midstream company in US EPA investigation relating to hazardous waste generation and disposal practices.

Representation of an upstream company in its US Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigation of waste handling and disposal practices.

Representation of upstream companies on environmental requirements for treatment, disposal and beneficial reuse of wastewater from shale operations.

Representation of a company operating a produced water treatment facility on compliance with requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the RCRA exemption for exploration and production wastes, and state beneficial reuse regulations.

Representation of a real estate development company in its civil litigation involving allegations of soil and groundwater contamination from historical chlorinated solvents release.

Representation of a group of energy and manufacturing companies identified as potentially responsible parties in a CERCLA cost recovery action, resulting from historical disposal of waste liquids at a wastewater treatment facility in Texas.

Representation of a real estate company in obtaining its municipal setting designation, resulting in expeditious and more cost-effective regulatory closure of remediation project involving impacts to groundwater from legacy operations.

Representation of a pipe manufacturing company on permitting and occupational health and safety matters.

Representation of a midstream company in its class action litigation arising from a crude oil spill.

Representation of an oilfield services company in its federal investigation relating to use of produced water treatment chemicals at offshore production facilities.