Former pipeline safety chief McCown discusses progress on new oil-by-rail regulations

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Originally Aired on E&E TV, watch it here Following last month’s North Dakota oil train derailment, the discussion over the safety of oil-by-rail transport has intensified among regulators, lawmakers and industry. During today’s OnPoint, Brigham McCown, former pipeline safety administrator at the Department of Transportation and now managing director of United Transportation Advisors, discusses potential …

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Three Major Energy Themes to Watch in 2014


Originally featured on Forbes: Against a backdrop of surging subsidy deficits and public outcry against escalating energy bills, policymakers are faced with tough decisions as they debate ways to support green growth. Yet despite these hurdles, bright spots can be seen on the horizon in the global renewables market for 2014, due to the innovation, …

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Let the Best ‘Man’ Win

Judgment day for the PTC, or Production Tax Credit is upon us. As our politicians weigh the pros and cons for an extension, it is necessary to be candid in our discussions. Over the past decade, energy subsidies have more than doubled, consuming more than $150 billion of direct taxpayer funds to merely function. The …

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PHMSA issues safety alert on Bakken crude flammability


Comments by Brigham McCown The US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) issued a safety alert to shippers and carriers, emergency responders, and the general public that Bakken crude should be handled carefully because it may be more flammable than other grades. The Jan. 2 notice followed preliminary inspections after recent …

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