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
  • Maritime
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
Admitted1985, 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.


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

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


The Goal? No Coal! 6/16/2014

EPA, U.S. Corps Assert Jurisdiction over Isolated Waters, Wetlands 4/14/14

Green Completions Help the Environment and Industry 3/14/14

The Keystone XL Pipeline Passes The President's Red-Line On Climate 2/17/2014

Stray gas methane - the next big problem? 1/15/2014

Upgraded Standards for Phase I Site Assessments May Impact Loans and Sales 12/16/2013

EPA Opens an Absurd Front in the War on Coal 11/1/2013

There is a Growing Resistance to Climate Change Proposals 10/1/2013

Keystone Pipeline Decision Looms Environmental Alert-September 2013, 9/2/13

The Expansion of the 'Unconstitutional Conditions' Doctrine In Land Use Regulation 8/5/13

EPA Can Veto Corps' Wetlands Permits Whenever It Wants 7/15/2013

What You Don't Know About Phase Is Can Cost You 6/14/2013

An Inconvenient Irony 4/1/2013

Why Should You Worry About Environmental Laws? 3/19/13

The Boiler MACT is Back! 2/14/13

What Can the BSW Environmental Group do for the Maritime Industry? 1/24/13

Costly Rules Will Move Forward Now That Election Is Over 1/1/13

The Ever-Expanding Regulatory Burden Inside Industry, 9/19/12

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


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 Matter; 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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Regulation of Oil and Gas Activities in Texas, Louisiana
John B. King, September 19, 2014
Oil and gas E&P operations are regulated by a variety of agencies in varying degrees and forms. Jurisdictional lines overlap and are sometimes blurred to a point where it is increasingly difficult for operators to understand which agency is regulating which activity. Adding to the confusion,...

Believe It Or Not, The Clean Water Act May Actually Help You
John B. King, August 25, 2014
Most industrial sites have wastewater discharges, and most people know those discharges must be permitted under the Clean Water Act (CWA). What many people do not know, including some consultants, is the CWA has a "permit shield" that could protect your company or client from liability to...

Supreme Court Rules on Major Greenhouse Gas Regulation
John B. King, July 23, 2014
The Supreme Court rejected EPA's approach to regulating greenhouse gases (GHGs) for smaller sources. At the same time, though, it gave EPA what it really wanted - the authority to regulate the GHGs emitted by sources already deemed "major."

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