Member Information

Sara M. Burgin

Bracewell LLP

111 Congress Avenue
Austin, TX78701-4061

Sara Burgin uses her scientific background and more than 30 years of legal experience to assist clients with issues relating to water use, management and disposal.

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EPA Region:
Region 6 – (AR, LA, NM, OK, and TX)
Year of induction:
University of Houston Law Center, J.D. 1982 with honors Texas A&M University, M.S. 1977 The University of Texas at Austin, B.A. 1973
State Bar of Texas
Professional Societies and Organizations:
American Bar Association, SEERs State Bar of Texas, Environmental Section Austin Bar Association, Environmental Section
Other Environmental Career Experience:
-matters relating to wastewater discharge permitting, compliance and enforcement for many types of industry, including direct and indirect discharges - state water quality standards development and implementation and assistance related to development of site-specific numeric criteria for industrial discharges -particular issues related to oil and gas activities, including wastewater management, SPCC plans and facility response plans -Safe Drinking Water Act requirements for provision of potable water to employees of industrial facilities and related compliance and enforcement -advice and counsel related to sale of water rights and associated amendments of water rights -evaluation of potential regulatory requirements applicable to wastewater reuse options
Representative Publications:
EPA Approved Texas NPDES Oil and Gas Program Authorization - Blog, January 2021 Co-author, Avoiding criminal liability after a flood Lessons from Hurricane Harvey, Trends, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources of the American Bar Association, JanuaryFebruary 2018. Co-presenter, Environmental Law's Not Dead Yet Optics Versus Reality in the New Administration's Regulatory Reform Project, Association of Corporate Counsel SouthCentral Texas Chapter, July 12, 2017. Clean Water Act Section 316(b) and Endangered Species, Annual Update on Texas Water Law & Endangered Species, University of Houston Law Center Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Center, October 14, 2016. Surface Focus, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundations Conference on Water Acquisition and Management for Oil & Gas Development, Houston, April 8, 2016. Waters of the U.S. Rule Overview and Recent Challenges, Austin Bar Association Environmental Law Section CLE, October 1, 2015. Water Issues, 27th Annual Texas Environmental Superconference, August 6-7, 2015.