WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA), a senior member of the House Homeland Security and Energy and Commerce Committees, responded to a security breach at the Lynn LNG facility tonight:

"I am very troubled by this security breach at an LNG facility in Lynn. This incident raises serious questions about the adequacy of the perimeter security and surveillance monitoring in place at this facility.

“While I am hopeful that the ongoing investigation by the Lynn Police Department and the State Police Anti-Terror Unit determines that this incident was not related to an act of terrorism, the stakes are too high to simply warn people to do better next time.

“Given the potentially deadly consequences of a future security breach at an LNG or other critical infrastructure facility, the Romney Administration should go beyond just notifying the local police and fire departments and companies to be more vigilant.  The Romney Administration should order a comprehensive review of the perimeter security plans at all such critical infrastructure facilities in the Commonwealth to guarantee a future security breach does not occur."

August 23, 2006

CONTACT: Israel Klein