Blank Rome Government Relations has filed registration papers for two clients who are interested in the Gulf Coast: a major oil company and a major environmental group.
The lobbying firm has signed up to work for Shell Oil Co. and for the National Wildlife Federation, according to filings with the U.S. Senate last week. Shell is interested in hearings, legislation and administration policy related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, while the National Wildlife Federation is focused on coastal restoration in Louisiana.
That the registrations were filed at the same time is a coincidence, said Adam Kolton, the director of congressional and federal affairs at the National Wildlife Federation. Weldon Rougeau, who is of counsel at Blank Rome, was already working with the environmental group when he joined Blank Rome from LeClairRyan this year.
Two different Blank Rome lawyers are listed on the registration for Shell: partner Duncan Smith and principal Kristi Remington. Blank Rome has a history of lobbying for Shell, though its recent filing for the government relations practice lists Shell as a new client. Smith did not immediately return a call for comment.