Watching Government: Alert relief

US Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge announced a revamped national alert system Mar. 12 that the oil industry finds to be a welcome improvement from how the federal government issued past terrorist alerts following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York City and outside Washington, DC.The new system "will permit oil and natural gas facilities to have a simple and uniform way of knowing how to evaluate any report of a threat to their facilities and the surrounding communities," the American Petroleum Institute said.When it unveiled the program, the White House said it "will provide a comprehensive and effec- tive means to disseminate information regarding the risk of terror- ist attac...

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