Gasoline tanker cars parked at a refinery in California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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 Innovation and Infrastructure, a non-profit that will promote “innovative technologies and safer outcomes for national infrastructure projects.”
Here are some excerpts of our conversation with McCown:
Because of the public’s fear of accidents in shipping crude oil by rail, is more shipment going to shift to pipelines?
In a lot of instances, transportation infrastructure tends to lag the development of areas…. We’re now obtaining oil from locations where we previously haven’t.
While there is a mature pipeline infrastructure system in Texas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Ohio, for example, it’s not unusual that that infrastructure lags behind production in the Bakken.