Brigham A. McCown
|Born||July 3, 1966|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||Retired: 1988 - 2013|
|Rank||Commander United States Navy|
|Battles/wars||Cold War, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Uphold Democracy, Operation Unified Assistance|
Administrator PHMSAChief Counsel FMCSA
Brigham A. McCown (born July 3, 1966 in Ironton, Ohio) is a federal transportation safety and energy infrastructure policy expert. He currently serves as the managing director of United Transportation Advisors, a Southlake, Texas-based consulting firm that specializes in trucking and energy cases. From 2003 to 2007 Mr. McCown served in several leadership roles during both terms of President George W. Bush's presidency in Washington D.C. Until 2007, Mr. McCown served as a senior executive at the United States Department of Transportation. He was appointed to the position by Transportation Secretary, Norman Y. Mineta (D-CA), where he helped shape the nation's laws, regulations and policies pertaining to transportation safety and security for the surface, maritime, pipeline, rail and aviation industries.
Most recently, Mr. McCown served as the first acting administrator (interim CEO) and first full-time deputy administrator (COO) of the newly formed Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). In this position, Mr. McCown was responsible for ensuring federal and state security and the safety and oversight of the transportation of energy products and other hazardous materials. During his tenure, Mr. McCown helped draft the PIPES Act of 2006. He has also served as the first general counsel of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration where he was responsible for legal oversight of the nation's trucking, motor coach, moving industry and NAFTA trucking issues for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He also worked to advocate for stronger truck and bus safety regulations. He also has detailed knowledge of the integration of train and motor vehicle transportation interaction.
As the Secretary of Transportation's personal on-scene representative, Mr. McCown coordinated the restoration of critical national energy infrastructure in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and was awarded the U.S Department of Transportation's highest medal for this service. During Katrina he was responsible for returning major U.S. refined products pipelines back into service, thereby narrowly avoiding gasoline, diesel and aviation fuel shortages along the eastern seaboard while also ensuring fuel on hand in Louisiana and Mississippi for emergency relief operations. He also coordinated civilian and military airlifts of stranded elderly and non-ambulatory residents from Beaumont, Texas immediately prior to Rita's landfall. Mr. McCown was also in his position during the March 2006 BP oil spill of over 270,000 barrels of oil on the Alaska North Slope. This spill was one of several events that caused the resignation of BP CEO Lord Brown and led to expanded federal government regulatory oversight of low stress crude oil pipelines.
He also helped establish a new nation-wide "811" system aimed at preventing damage to underground utilities and preserving the underground infrastructure of pipelines, conduits, wires and cables. Since its inception, the campaign has increased public awareness about the importance of calling energy companies prior to digging underground so as to ensure all utility lines are marked.
Mr. McCown is a contributor to Forbes, National Journal and Huffington Post and is often quoted by the national press in matters pertaining to energy and transportation. He graduated from Miami University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in diplomacy and foreign affairs. Mr. McCown also holds a law degree from Northern Kentucky University that he obtained in 1997.
Mr. McCown has served the public on active duty in Operation Desert Storm with the United States Navy as a naval aviator and holds an honorary commission of Rear Admiral (LH) in the United States Maritime Administration. Along with this service to the federal government, he has also served on the city of Southlake, TX Planning & Zoning Commission and understands how all levels of government must work together to achieve their goals.
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- The Hill: " Shutdown just another excuse to delay Keystone XL" - Oct 18, 2013
- Nebraska News: "Nebraska News : Pipeline Safety Experts Address Proposed Keystone XL" - Oct 1, 2013
- Platts energy week: "Fallout for Keystone XL from Arkansas Oil Spill Interview"
- Fox: "Another Keystone Delay" - Sept 30, 2013
- C-SPAN Interview: "Keystone XL Pipeline" - Sept 29, 2013
- UALR Public Radio: "Former Pipeline Safety Agency Head Defends Testing of Mayflower's Pegasus Pipeline" - Sept 21, 2013
- Arkansas News: " Former pipeline regulator urges patience with spill investigation" - Sept 20, 2013
- Forbes: "Keystone Pipeline- Five Years and Counting" - Sept 19, 2013
- Forbes: "Making Things Right In San Bruno" - Sept 17, 2013
- UALR Public Radio: "Former Pipeline Safety Agency Head Defends Testing of Mayflower's Pegasus Pipeline" - Aug 21, 2013
- Talk Business Arkansas: "Former regulator: Pipelines Part Of US Energy Future" - Aug 20, 2013
- Arkansas Matters: "Oil & Pipeline Safety to be Discussed Today at the Clinton School" - Aug 20, 2013
- Clinton School: "Photos of Brigham McCown at the Clinton School of Public Service at University of Arkansas"
- CBS: "Expert: Lawsuit Will Likely Delay AA Bankruptcy By Months" - Aug 14,2013
- Courier News : "Pipeline safety expert to speak at Clinton School" - Aug 13,2013
- Washington Times: "MCCOWN: Transporting Oil Safely Means Pipelines" - July 15, 2013
- Financial Post: "More Inconvenience and Risk than Advantages: Quebec Towns Question Relationship to Railways Following Lac-Mégantic Tragedy" - July 15, 2013
- Money News: "Quebec Rail Explosion Exposes Risk of Rising Urban Shipments" - July 9, 2013
- Transport Topics: "Costs May Force Fleets to Cut Health Coverage" - July 9, 2012
- WSAZ - Hometown Hero: "Ironton Memorial Day Parade" - June 6, 2012
- KHASTV: "Central City residents meet to discuss pipeline" - April 12, 2013
- NBC: "Deadly Texas Bus Rollover Probed; Details Emerge on Driver" - April 12, 2013
- Money News: "Fatal Dallas Bus Crash Puts Focus on Bus Safety" - April 11, 2013
- Dallas News: "Driver in charter bus wreck also involved in fatal accident in 1998" - April 11, 2013
- Denena & Points, P.C. : "Fatal Charter Bus Rollover Crash on Bush Turnpike in Dallas Injures 41" - April 11, 2013
- Dallas Personal Injury Lawyer, Gresham P.C. : "2 dead, 41 hospitalized after casino-bound bus flips over on Bush Turnpike in Irving" - April 11, 2013
- CBS News: "I-Team: Past Bankruptcy & Citations For Crashed Bus Owner" - April 11, 2013
- WFAA: "Former U.S. Department of Transportation official talks bus seatbelts" - April 11, 2013
- FOX 4: "Transportation Safety Expert on Deadly Bus Crash Investigation" - April 11, 2013
- Dallas News: "Brigham McCown: Urban Fracking Calls for Cost-Benefit Model" - August 3, 2012
- Forbes: "Regulatory Lessons from Obama EPA Appointee's Resignation" - April 30, 2012
- Forbes: "Consequences of Towns Fighting States over Natural Gas" - April 12, 2012
- The Wall Street Journal Market Watch: "What Rare Earths and Natural Gas have in Common" - April 2, 2012
- Forbes: "Betraying the Legacy of FDR, Eisenhower, and Other Great Infrastructure Presidents" - March 28, 2012
- Fox Business: "Has the White House been Effective on Energy Policy?" - March 21, 2012
- Capital Insider: "How Cost Effective is Natural Gas?" - March 21, 2012
- The Washington Times: "Natural Gas Export Ban Would Be Costly" - Feb. 28, 2012
- The Wall Street Journal: "City Sues Over 2010 Pipe Blast" - Feb. 15, 2012
- U.S. News & World Report: "Drivers Paying for Obama's Keystone XL Delay with High Gas Prices" - Dec. 12, 2011
- Omaha World Herald: "Pipeline Hearings to be Emotional" - Nov. 5, 2011
- York News-Times: "Pipeline Expert Disputes Awtry’s Facts" - Oct. 18, 2011
- Omaha World Herald: "Smear Campaign Distorts Pipeline Issue" - Oct. 12, 2012
- E&E TV: "Keystone XL Pipeline Review" - Oct. 10, 2011
- MSNBC: "Homes Near Yellowstone Spill to be Tested" - July 7, 2011
- ABC News: "Exxon said Failed Mont. Pipeline was Deeply Buried" - July 5, 2011
- C-SPAN: U.S. Gas Pipeline Safety - Sept. 17, 2010
- The Wall Street Journal: "Calls for Action Emerge After Gas Explosion" - Sept. 14, 2010
- The Bay Citizen: "Experts Weigh in on Possible Causes of Pipe Failure" - Sept. 10, 2010
- WUSA 9: "Natural Gas Pipeline Safety" - Sept. 9, 2010
- Houston Chronicle: "U.S.-Mexico Trucking Dispute Rumbles Toward Dead End" - Aug.22, 2010
- WFAA: "Criminal Charges are Possible for Owner of Bus in Fatal Sherman Crash" - Aug.15, 2009.
- Union Tribune San Diego: "Trucking Plan Foes Weighing Options" - Jan. 6, 2008
- Jaffe Legal News Service: "Former U.S. DOT Official Says Deadly Bus Accidents Can Be Prevented" - Aug. 14, 2008
- Insurance Journal: "Harris County D.A. Considers Criminal Charges Against Bus Owner" - Aug. 13, 2008
- Houston Chronicle: "Texas charter bus probe focuses on shuttered Dallas firm" - Oct. 31, 2008
- The Arizona Republic: "Barriers for Mexican Trucks Questioned" - Nov.18, 2007
- The Arizona Republic: "Senate Votes Against Trucks from Mexico" - Sept. 12, 2007
- Houston Chronicle: "First Rig Crosses Border in Trial Program" - Sept. 9, 2007
- Mexico Trucker Online: "First Mexican Truck Enroute to North Carolina" - Sept. 8, 2007
- Houston Chronicle: "Mexican Trucks Roll Toward U.S." - Sept. 8, 2007
- Fleet Owner: "Border Opening Delayed" - Sept. 4, 2007
- Red Orbit: "Federal Agency to Probe Dallas Blasts" - July 26, 2007
- "Safeguarding the Energy Pipeline Transportation System & the Pipes Act" - 2006
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