Hearing – Securing LNG Tankers to Protect the Homeland

Thursday, March 22, 2007
The House Homeland Security Committee conducted a hearing entitled Securing LNG Tankers to Protect the Homeland. Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) stated that he was concerned about the significant increase in LNG imports and the increased safety and security risks related thereto. Mr. Jim Wells, Government Accountability Office (GAO), testified that the public safety consequences of a liquefied natural gas spill need clarification. Rear Admiral Brian M. Salerno, USCG explained the Coast Guard’s role in LNG security. Mr. H. Keith Lesnick, Maritime Administration (MARAD) discussed the agency’s efforts to have US mariners on board LNG tankers calling at US ports. Mr. Mark Robinson, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) discussed FERC’s role in ensuring the safety and security of LNG import facilities and related LNG shipping. Mr. Ron Davis, Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA) explained the value of having US merchant mariners on LNG tankers. Mr. Phani Raj, Technology & Management Systems, Inc. discussed LNG safety issues and use of risk analysis to form the basis of LNG policy decision-making. Source: HK Law

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