Ms. Wright focuses on regulatory matters and litigation arising from the construction and operation of natural gas, crude oil, refined products and gas liquids pipelines and the transportation and storage of hazardous materials in North America. She advises clients on complex federal and state laws, agency regulations and industry standards including the Pipeline Safety Act, Federal Hazardous Materials Transportation law, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, the PCB Mega Rule, Liquefied Petroleum Gas Code and National Fire Protection Association Standards.

She represents clients in compliance, enforcement and permitting matters, including those under the authority of the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, United States Coast Guard, State and Local Liquefied Petroleum Gas Agencies, the Texas Railroad Commission and Transport Canada. Her experience includes drafting comments to proposed rules impacting the industry and analyzing legislative initiatives. Ms. Wright defends energy clients in litigation resulting from rupture, leak, fire and explosion.

Publications

Charlene B. Wright, Pipeline Safety and the Integrity of Water Crossings, Law360 Expert Analysis, June 2012.

Charlene B. Wright, Not just paperwork - Know how to handle regulatory citations, the implications for litigation, LPGas Magazine, March 2010.

Presentations

Speaker and Panelist, Midwest Energy Association’s Technical Training Conference, August 12-13, 2014 (Rochester, Minnesota).

Speaker, Pipeline Control Room Management: Designing a Compliant and Effective Program & Surviving an Audit, Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. Conference, May 1-2, 2014 (Houston, Texas).

Speaker, Operator Qualification: Regulatory Requirements and Inspection & Enforcement Trends, Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. Conference, April 30, 2014 (Houston, Texas).

Speaker, Pipeline Inspections & Enforcement Trends, SHB Energy Series, April 4, 2014 (Houston, Texas).

Speaker, Advanced Pipeline Safety Regulation, Electric Utility Consultants, Inc. Conference, August 26-27, 2013 (Las Vegas, Nevada).

Speaker, Pipeline Safety Regulation, September 17-18, 2012 (Houston, Texas).

Speaker, Taking Depositions of Difficult Witnesses and Dealing with Difficult Opposing Counsel, The Missouri Bar, August 24, 2012.

Speaker, Audit Survival Guide, Common Ground Alliance Annual Safety Conference, March 6, 2012.

Speaker, Deposing the Difficult Witness and Handling Opposing Counsel Antics, Missouri Bar CLE, August 26, 2011.

Moderator, Annual Energy Symposium, 2009-2010.

Faculty, Advanced Trial College, The Missouri Bar, 2008-2010.

Speaker, Preparing for Your First Civil Trial, The Missouri Bar, 2010.

Speaker, Regulatory Citations and Implications for Litigation, Propane Gas Defense Association, October 1, 2009.

Speaker, Taking and Defending Effective Depositions, UMKC School of Law CLE Program, 2009, 2011.

Speaker, Hancock Challenges, Missouri Municipal Attorneys Association, July 17, 2009.