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Published on Apr 20, 2010
PLANT CITY, Fla. (14 April) - U.S. Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Ranking Member of the House Homeland Security Committees Management, Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee, today announced a field hearing at the City Hall in Plant City on April 19 to examine pipeline security. Bilirakis will be joined by the Chairman of the Subcommittee, U.S. Rep Chris Carney (D-Pa.). Officials from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Transportation (DOT) and Hillsborough County will be among the witnesses testifying.
The Tampa Bay area is home to hundreds of miles of pipelines carrying oil, gas, jet fuel and other chemicals. Over the past several years, there have been multiple instances of individuals rupturing pipelines in the area. In November 2007, a 30-mile-long anhydrous ammonia pipeline in Riverview, Florida, was vandalized which led to the release of a poisonous chemical cloud, forcing hundreds of local residents to evacuate.
Last June, a Bilirakis-authored provision to clarify federal pipeline safety and security procedures and determine whether additional measures are necessary to protect our nations critical pipelines passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The event is free and open to the public.
WHO: U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.) and Chris Carney (D-Pa.)
WHAT: Committee on Homeland Securitys Subcommittee on Management, Investigations and Oversight field hearing: Unclogging Pipeline Security: Are the Lines of Responsibility Clear?
WHEN: 10 A.M., Monday, April 19
WHERE: Plant City City Hall, 302 West Reynolds Street, Plant City, FL 33563
Jack Fox General Manager, Pipeline Transportation Security Administration
Jeff Wiese Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Department of Transportation
Gary L. Forman Chair Pipeline Sector Coordinating Council
Paul W. Parfomak Specialist in Energy and Infrastructure Policy Congressional Research Service
Larry Gispert Director Hillsborough County Emergency Management
Ron Rogers Assistant Chief - Administration Hillsborough County Fire Rescue
Ed Duncan Colonel Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office