Ramona L. Monroe
Ramona Monroe assists property owners and developers obtain land and permits for development of property and extraction of natural resources. Ramona works from both our Anchorage, Alaska and Seattle, Washington offices. Her practice in natural resources and land use law includes federal, state, and local permitting processes, preparation of title opinions, mineral transactions, SEPA/NEPA compliance, wetlands, shoreline and critical area permitting, and negotiation of franchise agreements for use of public rights-of-way. Her experience ranges from oil and gas development and wind energy projects, to mining (hard rock and aggregates) and hydroelectric facility relicensing. Ramona has extensive experience with development on or near the water, including the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Washington Shorelines Management Act, and the Alaska Coastal Management Program.
- Oil and Gas Title Opinions – Counsel to various oil and gas companies in preparing drilling and division order title opinions for oil and gas leases across Alaska's north slope and Cook Inlet. Performs curative actions to clear title as requested by clients.
- Savant Alaska Acquisition of Operating Oil Field – Represented Savant Alaska LLC in obtaining transfers of all federal, state, and local permits to operate the Badami Unit on the north slope of Alaska.
- Hydroelectric Facility Relicensing – Represented PacifiCorp in environmental review, NEPA compliance, and negotiation of license terms and conditions for the relicensing of three hydroelectric projects on the Lewis River in Washington. Also represented PacifiCorp in regulatory permitting for the decommissioning and removal of Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington.
- Trans-Alaska Pipeline System – Represented owners of the Trans Alaska Pipeline System in obtaining approval under the Alaska Coastal Management Program for extension of state and federal leases and licenses for the reauthorization of the TAPS rights-of-way.
- Alaska Oil and Gas Industry – Represented the oil and gas industry in reforming the Alaska Coastal Management Program ("ACMP") through both regulatory rulemaking and legislative amendments. Counsel to the industry in analyzing a citizens' initiative to replace the reformed ACMP with a revised program.
- Overlake Park Hotel – Counsel to a private landowner in obtaining Corps Section 404 authorization, shoreline permits and all related approvals for hotel to be constructed over wetlands. Defended owner in appeal of shoreline substantial development permit and variance before the State Shorelines Hearings Board, King County Superior Court and Court of Appeals and filed successful appeal of hydraulic project approval on behalf of owner.
- Cable Television Franchise Agreements – Represented a major telecommunications provider in negotiating cable television franchise agreements with various municipalities in California, Oregon and Washington. Subsequently counseled client in obtaining consent from cities and counties to transfer 41 franchise agreements to a new service provider.
- Washington Aggregates Industry – Represented members of the Washington aggregates industry in successful appeal of criteria that precluded designation and protection of known gravel resources before the Washington Growth Management Hearings Board.
- Mandatory Title Opinion – Representation of Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company, et al. in connection with title opinion for Greens Creek Mine financing.
- Private Aggregate Mine Expansion – Successfully obtained conditional use permit from local government for expansion of aggregate mine in residential area over substantial objections of neighborhood association.
- State Highway Relocation – Represented landowners in negotiating and transferring easement for relocation of state highway by a private party, including acquisition of old highway right-of-way and replacement access to waterfront properties on Hood Canal.
Professional Honors & Activities
- Named one of Washington's "Rising Stars" by Washington Law & Politics, Fall 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
- Leadership Tomorrow Class of 1998
- President, Board of Trustees, Listen & Talk
- "Underwater in Alaska, Who Owns What?" Alaska Association of Professional Landmen, Anchorage, Alaska, 2012
- "Resolving Conflicts Between Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy Development," Renewable Energy World Conference, Tampa, Florida, 2011
- "Wetlands, Shorelines, Steep Slopes," Overview of Land Use Law for Port Districts, Seattle, Washington, 2003
- "How Ecology Regulates Isolated Wetlands," Law Seminars International Clean Water – Storm Water, Seattle, Washington, 2002
- "Federal Regulation of Wetlands," Washington State Bar Association's Who'll Stop the Rain Conference, Seattle, Washington, 2001
- "Alaska Lands and Mineral Interests" (coauthor), 3 Am. L. of Mining, chs. 70-73, 2011 update
- "Analysis and Update of the Alaska Coastal Management Program," Environmental/Natural Resources Law Section Annual Update, 2002
- "The Deterrent Effect of SWANCC and ESA on Development," joint newsletter of the American Bar Association Endangered Species Committee and Water Quality and Wetlands Committee, 2002
- Lewis and Clark Law School, J.D., 1993
- University of Washington, B.A., international studies, 1988
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