John B. King: Lawyer with Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.

John B. King

Baton Rouge,  LA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Environmental Litigation
Mailing AddressPO Box 3197, 70821-3197
University Louisiana State University, B.S. in Marketing, 1981; Certified Public Manager, Presented by the Division of Administration, Comprehensive Public Training Program, in conjunction with the LSU Public Management Program
Law SchoolPaul M. Hebert Law School, Louisiana State University, J.D., 1985
AdmittedU.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; 1985, Louisiana

Professional Associations

Member of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association

Member of the Air and Waste Management Association

Member of the Louisiana Solid Waste Management

Member of the Louisiana Environmental Health Association (past board member)

Member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Environmental Section

Member of the American Bar Association, Section on Energy, Environment and Resources

Past member of the Vestry, Trinity Episcopal Church

Past President, Trinity Episcopal Day School Board (served two terms)

Adult Leader, Boy Scout Troop 505

BornBaton Rouge, Louisiana, February 10, 1959

John B. King represents companies and trade associations in environmental regulatory matters including permitting, compliance assurance, enforcement actions, toxic tort defense, and litigation. He focuses on manufacturing and energy sectors, including oil and gas production facilities and pipelines, liquid and bulk tank terminals, chemical facilities, sugar mills, waste disposal sites, and construction projects.

Mr. King has extensive experience in representing companies and individuals before the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality in enforcement and permitting matters related to air quality, water quality, hazardous waste, solid waste, underground storage tanks, and used oil.

Mr. King has been involved in a variety of regulatory matters with state and federal agencies. He has also negotiated enforcement settlements, obtained favorable determinations in permitting matters, and advised clients in a variety of industries on compliance, enforcement, and permitting issues. Mr. King has also successfully represented companies involved with oil and gas exploration and production waste issues with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. From permitting to enforcement issues, he has worked with LDNR to obtain favorable decisions and rulings. He also worked extensively with the United States Corps of Engineers regarding wetlands issues.

Mr. King was formerly Director of Regulatory & Legal Affairs for a large oil and gas waste disposal company and responsible for its environmental and safety programs. He also served for many years as Chief Attorney for Enforcement with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. While with the LDEQ, Mr. King personally prosecuted, or oversaw the prosecution of, enforcement actions issued by the LDEQ, handled major permitting matters, and successfully litigated matters in state courts, federal courts, and administrative tribunals. Mr. King has an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

Honors and Awards

Received LDEQ's Employee of the Year Award

Received a Special Commendation Award from the U.S. Department of Justice

Received the LDEQ Service Award

Received the National Bureau of Affairs Law Student Award for Scholastic Achievement

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated


Partner, 2003-2007, 2008 - present Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.

Director of Regulatory & Legal Affairs, 2007-2008 CCS Midstream Services, LLC.

Attorney, 2001-2003 LeBlanc & Waddell

Chief Attorney, 1989-2001 Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

Attorney, 1985-1989 Reina & LeBlanc


“After Coal, Is EPA Pivoting to Oil? ” 12/08/2015

“EPA's Petroleum Refinery Rule Will Increase Litigation ” October 2015

“Is It Time to Lift the Oil Export Ban? ” September 2015

“An Exploration of EPA's Cost-Benefit And Regulatory Impact Analyses ” September 2015

“EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules Causes More Harm Than Good ” August 2015

“EPA and Corps Expand Their Jurisdiction Over Waters and Wetlands ” July 2015

“The Other Shoe Did Not Drop ” June 2015

“The New Coal Combustion Residuals Rule - An Implementation and Enforcement Nightmare ” Waste and Resource Recovery Committee Newsletter, ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, August 2015

“EPA Coal Ash Rule Will Foster Citizen Suits ” April 2015

“EPA Proposes Zero Discharge to POTWs From Oil and Gas Sector ” April 2015

“Astroturfing the grassroots ” March 2015

“New Climate Rules Will Impact Oil and Gas Industry ” February 2015

“The Fifth Circuit Declines to Extend Sackett to Jurisdictional Determinations ” January 2015

“A Lack of Due Diligence Can Lead to High Penalties in Louisiana ” December 2014

“Two Studies Suggest Fracking Is Safe ” October 2014

“Regulation of Oil and Gas Activities in Texas, Louisiana ” September 2014

“The Clean Air Act And The Basis for Regulation of Greenhouse Gases--Part 1 ” September 2014

“The Clean Air Act And The Basis for Regulation of Greenhouse Gases--Part 2 ” September 2014

“The Clean Air Act And The Basis for Regulation of Greenhouse Gases--Footnotes ” September 2014

“Believe It Or Not, The Clean Water Act May Actually Help You ” August 2014

“Supreme Court Rules on Major Greenhouse Gas Regulation ” July 2014

“The Goal? No Coal! ” June 2014

“EPA, U.S. Corps Assert Jurisdiction over Isolated Waters, Wetlands ” April 2014

“Green Completions Help the Environment and Industry ” March 2014

“The Keystone XL Pipeline Passes The President's Red-Line On Climate ” February 2014

“Stray gas methane - the next big problem? ” January 2014

“Upgraded Standards for Phase I Site Assessments May Impact Loans and Sales ” December 2013

“EPA Opens an Absurd Front in the War on Coal ” November 2013

“There is a Growing Resistance to Climate Change Proposals ” October 2013

“Keystone Pipeline Decision Looms ” Environmental Alert-September 2013, September 2013

“The Expansion of the 'Unconstitutional Conditions' Doctrine In Land Use Regulation ” August 2013

“EPA Can Veto Corps' Wetlands Permits Whenever It Wants ” July 2013

“What You Don't Know About Phase Is Can Cost You ” June 2013

“An Inconvenient Irony ” April 2013

“Why Should You Worry About Environmental Laws? ” March 2013

“The Boiler MACT is Back! ” February 2013

“What Can the BSW Environmental Group do for the Maritime Industry? ” January 2013

“Costly Rules Will Move Forward Now That Election Is Over ” January 2013

“The Ever-Expanding Regulatory Burden ” Inside Industry, September 2012

“Opening Federal Areas to Oil Production Found Economically Viable ” August 2012

“2012 Regular Legislative Session-Update on Environmental Legislation ” June 2012

“Federal Government Issues New Hydraulic Fracturing Rules ” June 2012

“The Sackett Decision-A Major Victory for Property Owners ” March 2012

“Impediments to Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Constricts Supply ” March 2012

“Global Warming 'Pause' Does Not Pause EPA's Regulatory Efforts ” February 2012

“Hydraulic Fracturing Studied by EPA ” January 2012

“LDEQ Regulatory Update ” January 2012

“The Keystone Cop-Out ” December 2011

“Recent EPA Decisions Impacting Business Opportunities ” September 2011

“Environmental Issues Facing Auto Dealers ” September 2011

“Environmental Protection at Construction Sites ” September 2011

“In re: Harrelson Materials Management, Inc., 2010-1950 (La. App. 1 Cir. 6/10/11) ” July 2011

“In re: Oil & Gas Exploration, Development. & Production Facilities Permit, No. LAG260000, 2010-1640 (La. App. 1 Cir. 6/10/11), 2011 WL 2297790 ” July 2011

“In re: Petroplex International, LLC, 2010-1194, (La. App. 1 Cir. 3/25/11), 2011 WL 1225871 ” July 2011

“LDEQ's Proposed Revisions to the Solid Waste Regulations ” March 2011

“LDEQ's Spill Prevention and Control Rule Amendment ” September 2010

“LDEQ Finalizes Several Rules in June ” June 2010

“LDEQ's Proposed Rule for Regulatory Permits for Concrete Manufacturing Facilities ” March 2010

“LDEQ Initiative Provides New E&P Waste Disposal Option ” March 2010

“LDEQ's Denial of Hearing Request Overturned ” January 2010

“Clean Water Restoration Act, S.787 SPCC Rule Finalized, Again ” November 2009

“Greenhouse Gas Tailoring Rule Published ” September 2009

“Environmental Justice Efforts Renewed ” August 2009

“Arranger Liability Under CERCLA ” June 2009

“Legislative Session-Pre-filed Bills of Interest ” March 2009

“Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Cap and Trade ” March 2009

“Construction Sites-EPA Proposes Tightened Storm Water Standards ” December 2008

“Recent Rules by Bush to be Rolled Back? ” November 2008

“Revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste ” November 2008

LDEQ Clarifies Solid Waste Buffer Zone Rules February 2009

So, What Wetlands are Regulated and What Waters are Navigable Nowadays? -January 2009


“Proposed Definition of Waters of the United States”, 2015 Louisiana Conference Co-host Louisiana Water Environment Association (LWEA)

“Fracking - Safer Than You've Heard”, 4C Environmental Conference

The Clean Air Act And The Basis For Regulation Of Greenhouse Gases , Louisiana Section of the Air & Waste Management Association's Environmental Focus 2014

The Clean Air Act And The Basis For Regulation Of Greenhouse Gases , 2014 International Conference on Thermal Treatment Technologies & Hazardous Waste Combustors (IT3/HWC)

“Recent Decisions Impacting the Environment and Environmental Regulation”, International Liquid Terminals Association

What Have the Feds Been Up To? Federal Legal Developments , Louisiana Solid Waste Association

“Will the Regulatory Noose Choke Fracking?”, Air & Waste Management Association

“Recent CAA Initiatives , Air & Waste Management Association

NAAQS - How Low Can We Go”, Air & Waste Management Association

Boiler MACT - The Cost of the Benefits , Air & Waste Management Association

Sackett v. EPA , Environmental Regulatory Compliance Conference

UIC - Site Selection, Permitting, and Compliance”, Environmental Regulatory Compliance Conference

“Oil and Gas NSPS - Green Completions”, Louisiana Solid Waste Association

“The Continuing Redefinition of the Definition of Solid Waste”, Louisiana Solid Waste Association

Regulatory Enforcement Actions: What to Expect and How Best to Respond”, International Liquid Terminal Association

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Represented companies in citizens' suits regarding Clean Water Act discharges. Represented company that obtained the first hazardous waste research, demonstration, and development permit in the state. Represented large landowner regarding military munitions issues on a Formerly Used Defense Site located within the state. Represented the Chamber of Greater Baton Rouge regarding Baton Rouge's ozone non-attainment issues and successfully obtained a stay from the U.S. Fifth Circuit of the use of reformulated gasoline (RFG) in the Baton Rouge non-attainment area. Worked with regulatory agencies in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, and Alabama on permitting and compliance matters relating to E&P Waste injection wells, salt dome disposal, and processing facilities. Prepared comprehensive Responses to IT Questions in support of Louisiana permit applications. Established compliance systems and conducted compliance audits. Prepared applications for new and modified permits and worked with the regulatory agencies to obtain permits. Wrote and implemented required plans, such as Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, Spill Prevention, Countermeasures, and Control Plans, and Waste Management and Operations Plans. Established and implemented OSHA-required safety training programs. Was appointed Special Assistant Attorney General to represent the State of Louisiana in a jury trial in federal district court against Marine Shale Processors, Inc. Represented LDEQ in federal district court in a suit against LDEQ relating to the importation of foreign generated hazardous waste. Successfully presented briefs and/or oral arguments in the United States Court of Appeal, Fifth Circuit, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and the state Courts of Appeal, First and Fifth Circuits. Represented LDEQ in lengthy permit hearings involving the CECOS International, Inc. hazardous waste landfill and the Marine Shale Processors, Inc. air permit modification. Represented LDEQ in national enforcement cases in federal courts across the country. Represented numerous companies regarding enforcement, permitting, and compliance issues. Represented recyclers and obtained Beneficial Use Permits. Represented oil and gas operators in ' legacy lawsuits' and exposure cases.

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After Coal, Is EPA Pivoting to Oil?
John B. King, December 21, 2015
After tightening the noose and choking the coal industry through such stringent regulatory efforts as the Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) Rule and the Clean Power Plan, EPA now seems to be focusing its efforts on the petroleum industry. At least two recent rulemakings, one final and one proposed,...

EPA's Petroleum Refinery Rule Will Increase Litigation
John B. King, October 26, 2015
The EPA issued its final rule on Sept. 29 seeking to further control emissions of hazardous air pollutants (HAP) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) from petroleum refineries. The rule imposes new requirements on storage vessels, delayed coker units and flares, and requires fenceline monitoring.

Is It Time to Lift the Oil Export Ban?
John B. King, September 17, 2015
The export of crude oil was largely banned in reaction to the 1973 Arab oil embargo. Now, momentum seems to be in favor of reversing the ban. Many argue that doing so will substantially enhance the U.S. economy by increasing domestic production, creating jobs, and reducing consumer fuel prices.

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301 Main Street, Suite 2300
Baton RougeLA 70802


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