C. Kyle Simpson


C. Kyle Simpson is a Policy Director in Brownstein Hyatt & Farberís Washington, D.C. office.  He specializes in helping clientís identify and take advantage of new market opportunities, manage difficult business and government relations issues, identify sources of capital, eliminate market barriers, and capture economic benefits.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Simpson was the Founder, President and CEO of Morgan Meguire LLC, a lobbying and public policy firm. The company focused its work on energy and environmental policy and lobbying. Over the years, Mr. Simpson represented numerous energy companies ranging from large multi-national oil companies to independent natural gas and oil producers, oil and gas pipeline companies, energy research institutions, municipal electric companies and joint action agencies, air conditioning and refrigerator manufacturers, insulation manufacturers and new energy technology startup companies. The companies included Chevron, Nuevo Energy, Delta Petroleum Company, Longhorn Pipeline, Arctic Resources Company, Gas Technology Institute, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Piedmont Municipal Power Agency, Colorado River Energy Distribution Agency, EnerSea Transport and SeaOne. In addition, Mr. Simpson has represented the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation, the  University of Houston, Texas A&M University and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Many of these clients are still represented by Mr. Simpson at Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber.

The issues that Mr. Simpson worked on for his clients include: interconnections to natural gas pipelines, issues associated with the development of pipelines to deliver Arctic gas to markets in the lower-48, restitution of OCS lease bonuses paid for lands that have never been allowed to be developed, amendments to the Energy Policy Act of 2005 creating an exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act for storm water runoff at drill sights and numerous energy efficiency-renewable and production tax credits in EPACT.  Notably, Mr. Simpson was one of the principal architects of the Ultra-deepwater and Unconventional Onshore Natural Gas and Oil Research and Development provision which was included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. That provision establishes a $500 million Royalty Trust Fund to be used to develop new technologies to lower the cost of finding and producing natural gas and oil in the United States. Other issues that Mr. Simpson has worked on include general appropriations, federal lands policy, air conditioning and refrigerator efficiency standards, Climate Change and the Clean Air Act."
At the Coastal Corporation, Mr. Simpson managed state and local government relations in all 36 states where the company had operations. Mr. Simpson was responsible for managing the state, local and sometimes federal government issues that affected the operations of the Corporation. At that time, Coastal owned and operated interstate natural gas pipelines (including CIG and ANR), refineries in Texas, New Jersey, California and Aruba, an oil and gas production company, coal mines in Utah and Virginia, lube products manufacturing and marketing, more than 600 convenience stores and a trucking company.


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