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Ramona L. Monroe
Experience
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.
Of Counsel
Representative Work
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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.
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(907) 263-8445 direct
(907) 277-1920 fax
[email protected]
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.
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Anchorage, AK
Hydroelectric Facility Relicensing – Represented PacifiCorp in environmental
Education
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Lewis and Clark Law School, J.D., 1993
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University of Washington, B.A.,
international studies, 1988
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.
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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.
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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.
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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,
Admissions
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Washington
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Alaska
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Oregon
Ramona L. Monroe
King County Superior Court and Court of Appeals and filed successful appeal of hydraulic project approval on behalf of owner.
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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.
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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.
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Mandatory Title Opinion – Representation of Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company, et al. in connection with title opinion for
Greens Creek Mine financing.
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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.
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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 and Activities
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Named one of Washington's "Rising Stars" by Washington Law & Politics, Fall 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004
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Leadership Tomorrow Class of 1998
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President, Board of Trustees, Listen & Talk
Presentations
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"Underwater in Alaska, Who Owns What?" Alaska Association of Professional Landmen, Anchorage, Alaska, 2012
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"Resolving Conflicts Between Oil and Gas and Renewable Energy Development," Renewable Energy World Conference, Tampa,
Florida, 2011
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"Wetlands, Shorelines, Steep Slopes," Overview of Land Use Law for Port Districts, Seattle, Washington, 2003
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"How Ecology Regulates Isolated Wetlands," Law Seminars International Clean Water – Storm Water, Seattle, Washington, 2002
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"Federal Regulation of Wetlands," Washington State Bar Association's Who'll Stop the Rain Conference, Seattle, Washington, 2001
Publications
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"Alaska Lands and Mineral Interests" (coauthor), 3 Am. L. of Mining, chs. 70-73, 2011 update
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"Analysis and Update of the Alaska Coastal Management Program," Environmental/Natural Resources Law Section Annual Update,
2002
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"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
Ramona L. Monroe
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