Energy Imports Need Tougher Security: GAO

Law360, New York (January 10, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Security is lacking at ports that handle imports of much of the country's crude oil, liquefied natural gas and refined petroleum supplies, which risk being targeted by suicide attacks, standoffs or armed assaults, a Government Accountability Office study has found.

Shortages of resources have hobbled the U.S. Coast Guard's ability to secure energy commodity tankers, which have been hit in a number of recent terrorist attacks internationally, the GAO reported in a study released last month.

The tankers bring in about 55% of the crude oil...
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