Douglas J. Crouse is an associate in the Firm’s Environmental Practice Group. Mr. Crouse’s practice primarily involves environmental litigation at the state and federal levels, as well as advising clients on permitting, surface mining, water discharge and other environmental issues.
Mr. Crouse graduated from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 2009. While in law school, he participated in Wake Forest’s study abroad program in Vienna, Austria, focusing on Comparative Environmental Law and the European Union. Mr. Crouse also served as a member of the law school’s Youth Advocacy Group and volunteered as a youth basketball coach at the Hanes Hosiery Community Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Prior to entering law school, Mr. Crouse attended West Virginia University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy with a pre-law emphasis in 2006. While at WVU, he was a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship as well as the McKay-Coast Scholarship. He also served as a student-tutor for the Philosophy Department.
Mr. Crouse is admitted to practice before the state courts of West Virginia, including the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Mr. Crouse also serves on the Board of Directors and participates in the Education Elevators program, providing mentoring services to elementary school children across West Virginia.
Specific examples of Mr. Crouse's work:
Defended numerous energy companies in federal court against Clean Water Act citizen suits filed by environmental activist groups. The suits alleged Clean Water Act violations associated with discharges of constituents such as aluminum, conductivity, selenium and sulfate
Co-authored appellate brief defending the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' issuance of a Clean Water Act § 404 fill permit to an Eastern Kentucky coal operator against claims of the Sierra Club and others that mountaintop mining causes adverse human health effects. Kentuckians for the Commonwealth v. U.S.A.C.E., 746 F.3d 698 (6th Cir. 2014)
Co-authored appellate brief defending the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' issuance of a Clean Water Act § 404 fill permit to a West Virginia coal operator against claims of the Sierra Club and others that mountaintop mining causes adverse environmental effects. Ohio Valley Envtl. Coal v. U.S.A.C.E., 716 F.3d 119 (4th Cir. 2013)
Represented numerous coal operators in administrative appeals before the West Virginia Environmental Quality Board concerning the W.Va. Dept. of Protection's issuance of Clean Water Act discharge permits
Negotiated settlements with the Sierra Club and others on behalf of coal operators that resolved administrative appeals before the West Virginia Environmental Quality Board regarding selenium limits contained in state-issued Clean Water Act discharge permits
Administered consent agreement involving a novel stream restoration approach in a Clean Water Act citizen suit filed by the Sierra Club and others against coal operator alleging violation of West Virginia's "narrative" water quality standard
Counseled clients regarding numerous environmental issues, including the Clean Water Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, NEPA, Army Corps of Engineers "nationwide" permits, coalbed methane ownership/rights and other federal and state regulatory matters
- Jackson Kelly Education Elevators Program (JKEEP)
- Board of Directors, 2015-present
- Volunteer, 2009-present
- Hanes Hosiery Community Center, Volunteer Basketball Coach, 2007-2009
Teaching and Lecturing:
- Presenter with Robert G. McLusky and Michael M. Fisher, "Conventional and Unconventional Warfare: The Increasing Criminalization of Both Clearly Wrong and Seemingly Ordinary Activities in the Mineral Industries," EMLF 36th Annual Institute, Amelia Island, Florida, June 21-23, 2015
Awards and Honors:
- Named in the 2015 edition of West Virginia Super Lawyers® Rising Stars for Environmental Litigation
- PROMISE scholarship recipient
- Presidential scholarship recipient
- McKay-Coast scholarship recipient