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Sandra E. Safro

Partner
+1.202.778.9178
Fax +1.202.778.9100

Ms. Safro is a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on regulatory, policy, and transactional issues related primarily to natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), crude oil, and natural gas liquids (NGLs). Ms. Safro regularly advises clients on matters related to commodity and pipeline transportation issues, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) policies related to capacity release and in the negotiation of precedent agreements, negotiated rate agreements, asset management arrangements, transportation service agreements, and the terms and conditions of service included in pipeline tariffs. Ms. Safro also advises clients on, issues related to the import and export of LNG, including commercial agreements related to terminal capacity, developments on Capitol Hill, and proceedings before FERC and the Department of Energy (DOE). She represents clients in natural gas and oil pipeline rate proceedings before the FERC and state agencies and advises clients on pipeline safety issues before the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).

Ms. Safro’s clients include natural gas and LNG marketers, importers, exporters and project developers; oil pipelines and shippers; oil and gas drilling companies; financial institutions; and state and provincial government officials.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Safro was a member of the energy and environmental practice group at a Washington, D.C. law firm. She worked in the compliance department of an energy trading company during a secondment in 2012.

Achievements

  • Selected as a “Rising Star” in Energy by the 2016 and 2017 editions of Super Lawyers

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Energy Bar Association, Board Member, 2016-2019
  • Charitable Foundation of the Energy Board Association, Board Member, 2014-2015
  • Energy Bar Association, Young Lawyers Committee, Vice Chair, 2013-2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “The Criminalization of Environmental Regulation: How to Respond and is There More to come?” K&L Gates, February 28, 2017
  • Speaker, “The Sky’s the Limit: Unmanned Aircraft in the Natural Gas Industry,” Shale Insight 2016, September 21, 2016
  • Speaker, “Not in My Backyard - NIMBY Issues Facing Energy Infrastructure Projects,” E4 Carolinas, September 15, 2016
  • Speaker, “From Shale to Sail, Production, Transportation, and Export of U.S. Oil and Gas,” American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, April 1, 2016
  • Panel Moderator and Speaker, “Congressional Briefing on U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas Exports to India,” USINPAC, July 30, 2014
  • Speaker, “Fossil Fuel Exports,” University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 2013 Energy Law Policy Institute, August 1-2, 2013
  • Panel Moderator, “Pipeline Planning, Permitting, Construction, and Operation,” University of Pittsburgh School of Law 2013, Energy Law Policy Institute, August 1-2, 2013
  • Advise clients on U.S. federal, state and local authorities’ roles in the development of energy infrastructure, including pipelines and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal siting.
  • Assist clients with LNG import and export issues, including the Department of Energy's (DOE) regulation of imports and exports of LNG, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) regulation of LNG terminal facilities.
  • Negotiate commercial agreements related to LNG export terminal facilities and upstream natural gas pipelines.
  • Advise clients on safety regulations under the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) Part 193, applicable to LNG storage facilities and LNG transfer pipelines.
  • Negotiate transportation service agreement (TSA) and tariff language for shipper on new-build FERC-jurisdictional crude oil pipeline.
  • Assist project developers and potential customers in jurisdictional analysis for crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGL) pipelines.
  • Advise clients on PHMSA Part 195 regulations applicable to the transportation of hazardous liquids by pipeline.
  • Assist clients with interstate natural gas and oil pipelines’ operations and policies before the FERC.
  • Negotiate precedent agreements for shippers including major LNG export project developer, electric power cooperative, and major NOC.
  • Negotiate commercial agreements for natural gas marketers, LNG exporters, and utilities to facilitate transportation of new unconventional natural gas supply to consuming markets including NAESB natural gas supply agreements, pipeline service agreements, precedent agreements, and asset management arrangements (AMA).
  • Assist clients with FERC Form No. 552 for natural gas purchasers and sellers.
  • Perform due diligence related to sales of natural gas trading books, including review of key commercial provisions, verification of compliance with FERC regulations and policies, and submission of application for and receipt of waiver of FERC’s tying prohibition to effectuate the sales.
  • Advise clients on PHMSA Part 192 regulations related to the transportation of natural gas by pipeline.
  • While seconded to compliance department of energy trading company, provided advice to natural gas traders and company on a daily basis concerning a variety of issues including vetting potential projects for FERC compliance issues, assisting company in reports to FERC and DOE, and responding to general compliance inquiries related to potential trades.
  • Advise clients on state registration requirements for natural gas marketers.
  • Negotiate and review contracts for the provision of natural gas and power service to residential customers.