Cynthia Quarterman

Distinguished Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center

Cynthia Quarterman

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Technology, Transatlantic and Eurasian Energy Security, US Energy Policy

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Recent Activity

  • May 13, 2015
    Extraction process seen causing oil prices to slide On May 11, the same day panelists converged at the Atlantic Council to debate the future of hydraulic fracking technology, news broke of a pessimistic report by the Organization of the Petroleum
  • March 09, 2015
    The Wall Street Journal quotes Global Energy Center Distinguished Senior Fellow Cynthia Quarterman on the recent oil train derailments in the United States and Canada despite newer and sturdier railroad tanker cars:
  • March 01, 2015
    USA Today quotes Global Energy Center Distinguished Senior Fellow Cynthia Quarterman on the recent derailments of crude oil trains and what can be done to increase safety measures:
  • February 12, 2015
    Reuters highlights Transportation Department plan to reinforce crude oil trains promoted by Global Energy Center Distinguished Senior Fellow Cynthia Quarterman:
  • February 01, 2015
    US President Barack Obama in January made two widely criticized energy decisions relating to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing.  Significant hay has been raised about their deleterious effects, especially on Alaska.  The
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Cynthia Quarterman is a nonresident distinguished fellow within the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. Quarterman served as the administrator of the US Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), from 2009 until 2014. She has been a key policymaker in energy development, safety, and transportation since the Clinton Adminstration. 

Throughout her expert handling of complicated issues, including deep-water oil and gas exploration and production, royalty collection, liquefied national gas (LNG) facilities, and the truck, rail, and pipeline transportation of the nation's new energy bounty, Quarterman has been a steadfast advocate for responsible energy development and prudent regulations. Quarterman served as the head of PHMSA during the Obama Adminstration and as director of the former Minerals Management Service during the Clinton Adminstration. She has also served in numerous other capacities within the Department of the Interior and was a member of the Obama Adminstration Transition Team at the Department of Energy. In addition to extensive experience within the federal government, Quarterman was also previously a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe and Johnson LLP, where her practice focused on issues related to transportation and energy.