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The senior counsel for the Department of Environmental Protection has been hired by business law firm Lewis Glasser Casey & Rollins PLLC.

According to a news release from the law firm, Joseph Jenkins, as senior counsel  at the DEP, has successfully defended a challenge to state notice, comment and appeal procedures for oil and gas well permits and was actively involved in defending challenges to surface mining and pollution discharge permits issued by the agency.

"As one of the premier energy law firms in the Appalachian Basin, we wanted to enhance Lewis Glasser's full-service capabilities with Joe's unique environmental law and regulatory knowledge," said Nick Casey, managing member. "Joe's background in regulatory matters, litigation and legislative rule-making will serve our clients well."

Jenkins also served as counsel to the West Virginia Senate Committees on Energy, Industry and Mining and Transportation and Infrastructure during the 2011 Legislative Session. The law firm said it is expanding its energy practice, particularly in the natural gas sector.

"Joseph has joined the firm as an associate, and his practice focuses mainly on energy and natural resources law, environmental law, legislation, rule-making and litigation with an emphasis in oil and natural gas, mining and quarrying, including SMCRA, Clean Water Act and state and federal environmental permitting, compliance and enforcement," the news release stated.

The firm also "maintains an active government relations practice" through LGCR Government Solutions LLC. The firm has offices in Charleston, Morgantown and Ohio.