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Wed, Jul 21, 2021

Brief 3: Hydrogen transportation and storage

This third brief in the Atlantic Council’s hydrogen policy sprint discusses pathways for hydrogen transportation and storage infrastructure development in the United States.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Cynthia Quarterman

Energy Markets & Governance Energy Transitions

Thu, May 13, 2021

Colonial Pipeline attack demonstrates that a more coherent cybersecurity strategy is necessary

With the announcement that the Colonial Pipeline will reopen soon, the short-term effect of the Colonial cyberattack on gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum product prices is likely to be mildly escalatory and short-lived, but it exposes the soft underbelly of the nation’s critical energy infrastructure and the need for a more robust cybersecurity strategy to protect it.

EnergySource by Cynthia Quarterman

Cybersecurity Energy & Environment

Tue, May 11, 2021

FAST THINKING: How to stop the next pipeline hack

The hack has been tied to an Eastern European (and possibly Russia-based) collective known as DarkSide and US President Joe Biden has said that Russia bears some responsibility for the hack, even though the attack does not appear to have been state-sponsored. How can companies fight back against this rising trend of ransomware attacks? What can the Biden administration do?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Cybersecurity Eastern Europe

Cynthia Quarterman is a distinguished fellow with 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 administration.

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 administration and as director of the former Minerals Management Service during the Clinton administration. She has also served in numerous other capacities within the Department of the Interior and was a member of the Obama administration 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.