Watching Government: Safety vs. security

Keeping pipelines operating safely and bolstering national security are not mutually exclusive goals, but given the US government's budget limitations, they could be.The oil industry has been working with key government agencies to ensure that critical infrastructures, including pipelines and refineries, are safe from terrorist attacks.So far, the cooperation between companies and the US government is at a level not seen since World War II.But in the zeal to protect US energy networks from outside harm, public safety could be jeopardized if policymakers postpone pending regulations.GAO worriesLast month the nonpartisan General Accounting Office warned Congress that the Department of T...

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