11/17/15, "Texas Official Raises Terror Alarm over Border Access to Pipelines," rigzone.com, by Deon Daugherty
"The federal government's failure to secure the Texas-Mexico border
continues to put critical oil and gas infrastructure in the state at
risk, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman David Porter said in a Nov. 16
letter to the Homeland Security Department.
Citing several news
articles, Porter said ISIS has attacked against oil and gas pipelines in
the Middle East, and to do so in Texas could be part of the terror
group's plans. In 2013, the Yemeni oil minister said the destruction
resulted in almost $1 billion in lost revenue. Porter was echoing
sentiments he expressed in a letter last year to U.S. Customs and Border
"I shudder to think what these terrorists would do
to the U.S., when they are willing to launch these kinds of attacks
against their own countries," he said in the letter. "Given the fact
that Texas accounts for nearly 40 (percent) of U.S. crude oil and almost
30 (percent) of our country's natural gas, events like this could have
potentially devastating impact on our state and national economies."
addressing his more recent correspondence to Homeland Security, Porter
said he wants the department to pressure the White House and Border
Protection to "take these concerns seriously, instead of waiting until
it is too late."
The Railroad Commission in Texas is charged with
regulating the state's oil and gas industry, which includes inspecting
facilities and infrastructure for safety."