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Legislators Request Action on Pipeline Infrastructure Attacks, and DOJ Responds

Posted in Infrastructure Security
After a string of highly publicized attacks on energy pipelines in different areas of the country, several Congressmen addressed a letter to US Attorney General Jeff Sessions last month, asking that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) respond to several questions concerning the ability and intent of the DOJ to investigate and prosecute criminal activity against energy infrastructure at the federal level. The letter also asks for DOJ clarification on whether attacks against the nation’s energy infrastructure fall within the DOJ’s understanding of 18 U.S.C. § 2331(5), which defines “domestic terrorism” to include activities that “involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State” and that “appear to be intended to . . . influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion.”… Continue Reading

Activists Attempt to Shut Down Five Major Oil Pipelines

Posted in Construction & Design, Environmental, Infrastructure Security, Policy
A group referring to itself as “Climate Direct Action” claimed to have shut down five major cross-border oil pipelines in various states on Tuesday October 11, 2016: Minnesota (Enbridge Lines 4 and 67 near Leonard), Montana (Spectra Energy’s Express Pipeline near Coal Banks Landing), North Dakota (TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline near Walhalla) and Washington State (Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline near Anacortes).… Continue Reading

Legislative Action on Transportation and Energy Bills

Posted in Federal/ State Legislation, Incident Response, Infrastructure Security, Natural Gas, PHMSA, Pipeline Safety Act, Policy
Several legislative developments of significance to the pipeline and energy transportation industries are in progress, with the introduction of a bipartisan pipeline safety reauthorization bill in the House, the passage of a bipartisan energy bill in the Senate, and the passage of a bill in the Senate that provides for the use of drones to… Continue Reading

Senate Committee Approves Cybersecurity Bill As Infrastructure Security Concerns Grow

Posted in Federal/ State Legislation, Infrastructure Security
The Senate Intelligence Committee recently approved the “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act”, which would facilitate the sharing of information about cybersecurity threats or countermeasures by among private entities and with the federal government.  If information is shared in accordance with certain requirements (such as the use of technical controls to protect shared information), the bill provides… Continue Reading

Issuance of Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Framework and Launch of DHS Cyber Community Program

Posted in Infrastructure Security, Policy
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently released the final "Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity." The Framework addresses procedures and processes for reducing cyber risks to critical infrastructure – which includes the transportation sector and pipeline systems. … Continue Reading

Lawmakers Urge Mandatory Security Measures to Protect the Power Grid

Posted in Administrative Guidance, Infrastructure Security
In the wake of an attack last year on an electric substation in California, four U.S. Senators have written a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, urging them to adopt mandatory standards for physical security at electric power facilities. … Continue Reading

President Obama Issues Executive Order and Presidential Policy Directive Regarding Critical Infrastructure Security

Posted in Infrastructure Security, Policy
During his State of the Union Address, President Obama unveiled an Executive Order (EO) and Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) to improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity . The EO and PPD come in the wake of two failed attempts by Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation, and are generally aimed at seeking to improve relationships across the federal government and… Continue Reading

CFATS Hearing Markup

Posted in Federal/ State Legislation, Infrastructure Security
On June 22, 2011, the House Homeland Security Committee is expected to conduct a mark-up of HR 901, the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Security (CFATS) Authorization Act of 2011. HR 901 would reauthorize the CFATS program through FY 2018 without burdensome mandates of so-called “inherently safer technology” (IST). Click here for more information.… Continue Reading

Homeland Security Alert for Malicious SCADA Virus

Posted in Control Room Management, Infrastructure Security
A new virus specifically aimed at SCADA systems has been discovered. The virus works on the Microsoft platform, and Siemens’ SCADA software appears particularly vulnerable. Pipeline operators are encouraged to contact Microsoft, or Siemens, for advice on investigation and fixes. The Department of Homeland Security encourages all operators of SCADA systems to be vigilant in… Continue Reading