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house Bill H.R. 370

Should the Dept. of Energy Ensure Natural Gas Pipelines’ Physical & Cybersecurity?

Argument in favor

The physical security and cybersecurity of America’s pipelines, liquefied natural gas facilities, and other critical energy infrastructure is a vital component of U.S. national security. This bipartisan bill would improve security in those areas.

jimK's Opinion
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06/11/2019
Protecting critical infrastructure needs to be addressed coherently. Both China and Russia have been observed experimenting with cyber breeches of our infrastructure. Protecting against cyber attacks needs to be led centrally with cooperation of the Department of Energy. Physical protection should be addressed directly as well with ongoing threat vs impact analysis coordinated with our military planners.
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Argument opposed

The Dept. of Homeland Security’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) already has responsibility for pipeline security. There’s no need to give the Dept. of Energy responsibilities in that area.

Frances's Opinion
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01/14/2019
SINCE A REPUBLICAN INDTRODUCED THIS BILL AND THEY ARE ALL IN THE POCKETS OF THE ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES, I'M SURE THAT THIS ACT WILL BE USED TO UNCONSTITUTIONALLY KEEP PROTESTERS AWAY FROM PIPELINE ENTRANCES, LEADING TO THEIR ARREST AND IMPRISONMENT, SO THAT THESE PIPELINES, WHO ALREADY UNDER-REPORT THEIR LEAKS BY 60% , ONLY REPORTING THEIR LEAKS 40% OF THE TIME, CAN GET AWAY WITH DESTROYING THE PLANET FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN IN THE NAME OF THEIR GOD, PROFIT! HERE IN PA. WE JUST FOUND OUT THAT THE MARINER EAST 2, WHICH WAS STARTED UP DURING THIS SHUTDOWN SO THAT THERE WOULD BE NO OVERSIGHT, WAS FOUND BY THE FEDERAL APPEALS COURT TO HAVE GAINED THEIR PERMITS ILLEGALLY! I LIVE A HALF MILE FROM A PUMPING STATION! WE CAN'T EVEN SELL OUR HOUSE NOW!
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      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Energy
    IntroducedJanuary 9th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 370?

This bill would require the Energy Secretary to carry out a program to ensure the physical and cybersecurity of natural gas pipelines, hazardous liquid pipelines, and liquified natural gas (LNG) facilities. The Energy Secretary would also be required to coordinate response and recovery between federal agencies, states, and the energy sector in response to physical and cyber incidents impacting the energy secretary. Additionally, Dept. of Energy (DOE) would coordinate efforts to develop advanced cybersecurity applications and technologies to protect these facilities and to perform pilot demonstration projects relating to these facilities’ physical and cybersecurity.

Impact

Energy security; pipelines; Dept. of Energy; and the Energy Secretary.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 370

$86.00 Million
When this bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, the CBO estimated that implementing it would cost $86 million over the 2019-2023 period.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Fred Upton (R-MI) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to require the DOE to undertake a variety of activities to improve the physical and cyber security of pipelines and LNG facilities:

“Since its inception, the Department of Energy (DOE) has performed a vital energy security mission to ensure the supply and delivery of fuels and power in emergencies. Over time, DOE has developed the information tools and technical capacity to respond to emergencies and develop advanced technologies to protect the nation’s energy infrastructure, especially against cyber threats. In recent years, Congress reemphasized DOE’s responsibility to respond to both physical and digital threats against our energy systems through the passage of the FAST Act of 2015. Of course, for DOE to effectively carry out its responsibilities, it must account for each interrelated segment of the nation’s energy infrastructure, including pipelines, which are subject to an array of other federal authorities. This is why I introduced the Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act to address this issue. This legislation requires the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to improve cooperation between federal agencies, states, and industry in order to ensure the safe and dependable flow of energy across the United States. This will help boost both the physical resiliency and cybersecurity of energy pipelines and liquefied natural gas facilities. The threat of damage from a disaster or an attack on our energy infrastructure  is no longer a matter of ‘if,’ but ‘when.’ Congress must act swiftly to provide DOE with the tools it needs to enhance preparedness and protections of our energy systems. It is time to enact legislation that confronts these threats and improves the resiliency and reliability of our nation’s energy infrastructure.”

The Troutman Sanders Pipeline Practice group argues that current rules and regulations on pipeline security are insufficient:

“Both the electric utility industry and the oil and gas industry face increasing cyber threats from nation-states, criminals and terrorists.  While oil and gas pipelines and LNG facilities are subject to limited PHMSA regulations regarding physical security, there are no mandatory requirements regarding cybersecurity.  TSA Guidelines are designed to assist the industries in developing a reasonable security and cybersecurity plan that is sufficiently protective of its assets. While those requirements are only voluntary, they are nevertheless likely to be perceived as minimum best industry practices by insurance companies and in litigation.  For that reason, it is advisable for operators to review and consider any changes to their own plans and procedures. The promulgation of at least minimal security regulatory requirements may be worthy of consideration at this point, given the increase in both cybersecurity threats as well as pipeline sabotage, as well as which agency is best positioned to promulgate them.”

In the current Congress, this bill has one bipartisan cosponsor, Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA). In the 115th Congress, it passed the House Transportation Committee and placed on the House calendar, but never received a vote. In the previous Congress, it had one cosponsor, Rep. David Loebsack (D-IA).


Of NoteCurrently, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) within the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) is in charge of pipeline security. However, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has argued that the DOE is better-positioned to impose mandatory cybersecurity requirements on pipelines and ensure their enforcement. Republican FERC commissioner Neil Chatterjee says, “A pipeline outage, which may be connected to eight or nine generators, poses far more significant consequences today than it did in the past.” Democratic FERC Commissioner Richard Glick also supports a bigger role for the DOE.

FERC Chairman Kevin McIntyre supports FERC moving toward cybersecurity actions related to pipelines “at some appropriate point in time,” but contends that “we’re just not there now.”


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

Pipeline and LNG Facility Cybersecurity Preparedness Act

Official Title

To require the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program relating to physical security and cybersecurity for pipelines and liquefied natural gas facilities.

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    Protecting critical infrastructure needs to be addressed coherently. Both China and Russia have been observed experimenting with cyber breeches of our infrastructure. Protecting against cyber attacks needs to be led centrally with cooperation of the Department of Energy. Physical protection should be addressed directly as well with ongoing threat vs impact analysis coordinated with our military planners.
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    Yes, and after the 84 year old Nun & her associates broke into America's Nuclear Arsenal so very easily, you would think you idiots would have learned something! But, No as usual you have have your heads up some LOBBIESTS ASS
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    Yes. I support this proposal.
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    Always! please authorize and secure our Natural Gas! It’s clean burning and we have the most abundance of it!!!!!!!! A lot of It!!🇺🇸👍.
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    Yes, and before anyone questions this protection please read Craig Unger’s Fifth Risk. Yes, rebuild the critical protections, research, and access to all the scientific minds currently employed at the Department of Energy. People, please, these are the nuclear scientists who track lost missiles, cloning, and all those scientific ethical quandaries that make the majorities head hurt. We need this.
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    Greenies and commie dems are know to turn to acts of terrorism when they don’t get their way so yes on this.
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    Yes because that’s who controls our nuclear weapons
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    SINCE A REPUBLICAN INDTRODUCED THIS BILL AND THEY ARE ALL IN THE POCKETS OF THE ANTI-ENVIRONMENTAL FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES, I'M SURE THAT THIS ACT WILL BE USED TO UNCONSTITUTIONALLY KEEP PROTESTERS AWAY FROM PIPELINE ENTRANCES, LEADING TO THEIR ARREST AND IMPRISONMENT, SO THAT THESE PIPELINES, WHO ALREADY UNDER-REPORT THEIR LEAKS BY 60% , ONLY REPORTING THEIR LEAKS 40% OF THE TIME, CAN GET AWAY WITH DESTROYING THE PLANET FOR OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN IN THE NAME OF THEIR GOD, PROFIT! HERE IN PA. WE JUST FOUND OUT THAT THE MARINER EAST 2, WHICH WAS STARTED UP DURING THIS SHUTDOWN SO THAT THERE WOULD BE NO OVERSIGHT, WAS FOUND BY THE FEDERAL APPEALS COURT TO HAVE GAINED THEIR PERMITS ILLEGALLY! I LIVE A HALF MILE FROM A PUMPING STATION! WE CAN'T EVEN SELL OUR HOUSE NOW!
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    As a gas and oil employee protecting these pipelines are vital to the strength of our nations and economic prowess. The current world is vicious and to vicious to leave such a vital asset unprotected
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