WASHINGTON, D.C. –When the House Homeland Security Committee considered legislation today to reauthorize Coast Guard programs for the coming year, the Committee adopted a provision authored by Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA), to strengthen security surrounding liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and tankers. Rep. Markey, whose district includes the nation’s only urban LNG importation terminal, the Distrigas facility in Everett, has long been an outspoken advocate for LNG security.
“Liquefied natural gas is a critical component of the energy strategy for New England and for our country. For that reason, it’s important that the strongest, most-effective security protocols are in place around LNG terminals and tankers,” said Rep. Markey. “I am pleased that the Homeland Security Committee has included these important LNG security upgrades in the Coast Guard authorization bill, and I commend Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) for his excellent work on this vital issue.”
Rep. Markey’s provision in H.R. 2830:
- Requires the approval of the Secretary of Homeland Security in the licensing, approval, and authorization process for LNG facilities.
- Mandates that the Department of Homeland Security conduct a comprehensive security impact assessment of proposed LNG projects that includes a review of anticipated shipping routes to or from the facilities .
- Specifies that the DHS review include factors, such as the potential for multiple, simultaneous, coordinated attacks on facilities; the potential for suicide attacks; water-based and air-based threats; the potential for assistance in attacks by facility insiders; and other security factors.
- Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to provide the results of the Department’s review to the congressional committees, including the House Homeland Security Committee and, to the extent consistent with the protection of homeland security, to affected state and local officials and the public.
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September 25, 2007
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