• Safety Expertise


    Brigham McCown is a safety expert with more than 26 years of executive management, legal and operational experience in local and national governments.
  • Litigation Advice


    Experienced advice in federal security and safety regulations, regulated industries and risk mitigation, crisis response and complex private sector litigation.
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    Public Speaking


    “As a nation, I think our conversation must recognize the importance that energy does play in our daily lives. Energy is a necessity, not a luxury.”

    -Brigham McCown
    Clinton School of Public Service
    August 2013
  • Policy Expertise


    Brigham McCown is a seasoned public servant and litigator with extensive knowledge on the transportation of hazardous materials. He helped author the PIPES Act of 2006.

Under our streets

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Under city streets, through countless acres of open fields, across bridges, and over mountains, pipelines quietly deliver energy resources throughout North America. “Pipelines” generally conjure up images of large diameter pipes transporting crude oil. However, there are numerous types of pipelines as well; water, sewage, brine waste, and even fiber optics all run through conduit …

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Oil And Gas Prices: How Low Will They Go?

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Crude oil prices continue to slide with surging production and weakening economic news. Key benchmarks are near to at a four year low, with West Texas Intermediate (“WTI”) closing at $81.84, well below the $100 to $120 range reached between 2010 and 2012. In fact, the drops have been startling, with WTI closing down $3.90, …

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Railroads say California lacks authority to impose safety rules on oil shipments

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The battle over crude oil trains in California intensified this week, reaching into the legal sphere with potential national repercussions. The state’s two major railroad companies, Union Pacific and the BNSF Railway, went to federal court Tuesday to argue that neither California nor any other state can legally impose safety requirements on them because the …

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Fund the repair of aging gas pipes

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Letter to the editor featured in USAToday: Our nation’s energy infrastructure system is a complex and vast network, comprising over 2.6 million miles of pipelines stretching from coast to coast (“Look out below: Danger lurks underground from aging gas pipes“). While our underground energy pipelines are quite safe, the existing network is beginning to show …

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