Barbara Koonz is a shareholder in the Energy Law group at Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer, P.A. Ms. Koonz focuses her practice on energy and the environment. As a lawyer and a certified geologist, Ms. Koonz advises private and public entities involved in the fossil fuel, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Renewable Energy industries in connection with acquisition, project management, development and permitting of state and national energy facilities and infrastructure.

On behalf of dozens of clients, Ms. Koonz has facilitated conversions to cleaner forms of energy including natural gas, solar and co-generation plants, and has secured hundreds of environmental permits and approvals for projects ranging from interstate pipelines, LNG facilities, gas fired power plants, solar, wind and independent power facilities from conducting due diligence through the multi-faceted coordination of stakeholders, state agencies and federal commissions, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). These important projects have enabled businesses across New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida to minimize their environmental liabilities through compliance with the increasingly complex regulatory requirements and by developing new compliance strategies that target more efficient use of traditional and renewable power sources within environmental laws and regulations.

For over 25 years, Ms. Koonz has counseled many businesses in the U.S. and abroad with respect to local and federal environmental permitting, regulatory compliance and scientific data to best manage challenging environmental remediation, air permitting, waterfront development and energy projects.

On behalf of large shipping operators and global manufacturers, Ms. Koonz focuses on the local state and federal environmental permitting of US-based operations and utilities, including manufacturing, recycling and solid waste facilities. In addition, she has counseled global, federal, state and local governments on the law surrounding environment and energy, including the development of regulatory protocol for environmental resources in New Jersey and globally.

Ms. Koonz also advises landowners, utilities, and government entities on cost-effective acquisitions of energy infrastructure rights-of-way (ROW) through easements, permits and surface access agreements. 

Ms. Koonz has lectured on energy, environmental and climate change law for industry organizations, the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. She is a contributing author of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Site Remediation and Waste Management Program publication, entitled "Historically Applied Pesticide Site Technical Guidance (2018). She is also co-author of recent programs and articles regarding brownfields redevelopment, renewable energy and climate change.

Ms. Koonz served as Chair of the New Jersey Bar Association Ethics Committee and as a member of the County Fee Arbitration Division and the Pennsylvania Bar Association Sustainability Task Force. She served on the Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability Brownfield Redevelopment Taskforce and currently serves on the Sustainable Jersey Brownfield Redevelopment Task Force.

Ms. Koonz is a member of the US Geological Society; National Brownfield Association and the Association of Environmental Authorities.

An advocate for public safety, Ms. Koonz is Chair of the Middlesex County ASAP Board for the rehabilitation and re-entry of drug dependent inmates and serves on the Reentry Committee for the Middlesex County Workforce Development Board.

 

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