March 2017, Vol. 244, No. 3

Features

How SAFETY Act Can Manage Liability Risks Arising From Pipeline Threats

Oil and gas pipelines form networks covering several million miles in the United States and are an efficient, relatively secure means of moving oil and natural gas. Because of the nature of their cargo, pipelines also present the risk of substantial personal, property, and environmental damage in the event of a physical or cyberattack. Pipelines have long been a physical target for terrorists and recent years have brought a consistent drumbeat of warnings of potential physical attacks on oil and gas pipelines.[1]  Furthermore, pipelines are operated by sophisticated sensory control and data acquisition systems, and this reliance on information technology for operations has increased the pos

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