Is Your Energy Bill Too High?

Energy cost, energy bills, utility bills, brigham mccown

Have you ever wondered what state has the lowest utility bills? A recent study conducted by contrasting energy costs through state-by-state consumption rates unearthed the answer. Overall, averaged across three energy categories – electricity, natural gas, and vehicle fuel – Colorado spends the least – per capita – at $301 per month. Following Colorado …

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Friday Q & A: Former Federal Pipeline Regulator Brigham McCown

Brigham McCown served under President George W. Bush as acting head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHSMA), which regulates shipment of materials ranging from oil to hazardous medical waste. He also served as chief counsel of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which oversees trucking and buses. He has formed the Alliance for …

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Under our streets

brigham mccown, pipeline safety, energy, transportation

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?

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

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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