Eric L. Martin

Eric L. Martin
Partner
Portland, OR
P: 503.294.9593
Overview

About Eric

Eric Martin’s practice focuses on natural resource development with an emphasis on property issues and transactions in the oil and gas (upstream and midstream) and mining industries. He helps clients buy, lease and sell natural resources; obtain financing; permit projects on the local, state and federal levels; and resolve associated development issues. Eric’s experience also includes representing clients before local governing bodies, state adjudicatory bodies and Oregon and Washington courts.

Prior to law school, Eric taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer in Targu Ocna, Romania (2003-2005) and worked at Historic Boston Incorporated, a historic preservation revolving fund and advocacy organization (2002-2003).

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Experience

Experience

Natural Resources

  • Negotiated and drafted 30-year, $250 million joint venture to develop natural gas reserves and a $100 million amendment to the joint venture.
  • Represented underground natural gas storage developer on $125 million expansion project, including negotiation and drafting of development agreements and property acquisition agreements.
  • Negotiated and drafted purchase and sale agreements for independent oil company’s $20 million lease acquisition program and advised on related $200 million equity financing.
  •  Negotiated royalty agreements in connection with $35 million financing of processing facility for industrial minerals. 
  • Negotiated and drafted carbon dioxide supply agreements for enhanced oil recovery projects.
  • Assisted mining company with acquisition of fee interests and unpatented mining claims in limestone quarry.
  • Negotiated purchase agreement to acquire gold mining property out of bankruptcy.
  • Negotiated and drafted 10-year, $30 million industrial gas (oxygen, nitrogen and argon) supply contract for steel mill.
  • Negotiated and drafted lease for compressed air energy storage project in California.
  • Advised clients on private property and Bureau of Land Management issues related to carbon sequestration and drafted carbon sequestration easements covering thousands of acres throughout the United States.
  • Advised clients on pipeline franchise agreements.
  • Drafted organizational documents and mining leases for limited liability company owning 28,000-acre mineral estate.
  • Assisted clients with development and operational issues for underground gas storage facilities in Alaska, California, Illinois, Oregon and Utah.
  • Assisted clients with acquisition, leasing and development of oil and gas properties in Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming.
  • Authored numerous drilling title opinions, division order title options and gas storage title opinions on both public and private lands.
  • Advised clients on all manner of oil and gas agreements, including joint operating agreements, farmout agreements, gathering agreements, processing agreements, master service agreements, pipeline easements and franchise agreements, and surface use agreements.
  • Assisted clients with mining issues in Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oregon and Wisconsin.

Permitting

  • Represented client in the successful land use permitting of a surface mine and commercial composting facility, including successful resolution of appeals before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals and the Oregon Court of Appeals.
  • Represented developer of the Whistling Ridge Energy Project, including issuance of a site certificate from the Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, obtaining unanimous Washington Supreme Court decision upholding the site certificate, and successfully resolving litigation brought under the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act.
  • Advised clients on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and Endangered Species Act compliance in connection with a variety of development projects, including multiple wind energy facilities and mine sites.
  • Obtained land use permits for a $250 million transportation infrastructure project crossing protected environmental areas.
  • Assisted client in navigating local historic resource regulations and state historic resource review process in connection with the successful permitting of a $20 million project.
  • Negotiated revisions to restrictive city environmental zoning regulations that allowed clients’ businesses to remain in operation.
  • Obtained reversal of Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s denial of Measure 49 claim.
  • Conducted permitting due diligence and drafted permitting opinion in connection with $12.4 million refinancing for an assisted living facility.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Listed among Rising Stars (Energy & Natural Resources), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2014
  • Member, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation; member, Young Professionals Committee, 2015-present (currently vice chair)
  • Member, Real Estate and Land Use Section and Environmental and Natural Resources Section, Oregon State Bar
  • Member, Environmental and Land Use Law Section and Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Washington State Bar Association

Reported Appellate Court Decision

  • Friends of Columbia Gorge, Inc. v. State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, 178 Wn.2d 320, 310 P.3d 780 (2013)

Civic Activities

  • Commissioner, Oregon Heritage Commission, 2010-present (currently chair)
  • Board Member, Northwest Energy Association, 2014-present
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Mineral Rights,” Oregon State Bar, Real Estate and Land Use Fall Forum 2015, Portland, Oregon, 2015
  • Panelist, “North American Gas: Demand Side Responses to Low Prices,” IHS Energy CERAWeek, Houston, Texas, 2015
  • Portland’s Fossil Fuel Policy Raises Commerce Questions,” Law360, 2015
  • “Mineral Rights” (coauthor), Oregon State Bar’s Oregon Real Estate Deskbook, 2015
  • “Mineral Resources (Supplement)” (coauthor), Washington State Bar Association’s Real Property Deskbook, 2015
  • “Accommodating the Rights of Mineral Owners and Surface Owners,” Determining Land Ownership and Access Rights, Foxmoor Continuing Education, Portland, Oregon, 2014
  • “Getting Closer: The Emerging Regulatory Framework for Carbon Sequestration in the U.S.,” Northwest Association of Environmental Professionals, Portland, Oregon, 2013
  • “Just Passing Through, Nothing to See Here: Pass-Through and Pore Space Rights,” Bakersfield Association of Professional Landmen, Bakersfield, California, 2013, and Los Angeles Association of Professional Landmen, Long Beach, California, 2013
  • “Fits & Starts: Legal Hurdles to CCS Deployment in the U.S.,” 2013 Utah Governor’s Energy Development Summit, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2013
  • “Ownership, Acquisition and Leasing Issues for Frac Sand Owners and Developers in Minnesota,” 2013
  • “Oregon Land Use: The Permitting Process,” Best of CLE, The Seminar Group, Portland, Oregon, 2012
  • “Carbon Sequestration on Federal Land: the BLM Takes the First Step with Site Characterization Permits,” 11th Annual Carbon Capture, Utilization & Sequestration Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2012
  • “Permitting Renewable Energy Projects,” Renewable Energy Law, University of Oregon Law School, 2012
  • “Oregon Land Use Update: Reviewing Interpretations of Local Land Use Regulations, Takings, and Industrial Lands Legislation,” Best of CLE, The Seminar Group, Portland, Oregon, 2011
  • “No Controlling Authority: The Use of Public Lands for Carbon Sequestration,” Fifteenth Institute for Natural Resources Law Teachers, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Stevenson, Washington, 2011
  • “Oregon Land Use Update: Urban/Rural Reserves and Measures 37 and 49,” Best of CLE, The Seminar Group, Portland, Oregon, 2010
  • Approaches to Pore Space Rights” (coauthor),  California’s Carbon Capture and Storage Review Panel, 2010
  • Carbon Dioxide Pipelines” (coauthor), California’s Carbon Capture and Storage Review Panel, 2010
  • “Combining NEPA Compliance with Other Statutes: The National Historic Preservation Act and the Endangered Species Act” (coauthor), Special Institute on the National Environmental Policy Act, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, 2010
  • “Siting and Permitting Projects” (coauthor), The Law of Biomass, 2010
  • “Siting and Permitting Wind Projects” (coauthor), The Law of Wind, 2009
  • “The Interaction of NEPA and Other Federal Laws” (coauthor), NEPA: Climate Change, Cumulative Impacts and Compliance, CLE International, 2009
  • Siting and Permitting Challenges” (coauthor), Renewable Energy in the Pacific Northwest, Law Seminars International, 2007
  • “Liberalization and Cravathism: How Liberalization Led to the Reorganization of the Legal Profession in Germany and Japan,” 43 Stanford Journal of International Law 169, 2007



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