Press Release


Homeland Security Counterterrorism and Intelligence Subcommittee to Hold Field Hearing — Monday

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Washington, D.C. – The Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, chaired by Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA), will hold a field hearing entitled “The Implications of Refinery Closures for U.S. Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Safety” Monday, March 19 at 10 a.m. at Neumann University in Aston, PA.

At this hearing, the Subcommittee will examine the homeland and national security implications of oil refinery closures.  Specifically, Members will have the opportunity to assess the reduced refining capacity on the East Coast due to two recent refinery closures in the Philadelphia region, which has placed greater pressure on other distribution systems in the Northeast.  These systems, in particular pipelines, could be vulnerable to disruption from a terrorist attack or natural disaster.  Such disruption could lead to negative economic consequences locally and nationally.  

Meehan said: “More than 30 U.S. refineries have closed in the last decade. Most recently, two Philadelphia area refineries have closed and one is scheduled to close. Together they account for 50 percent of the Northeast’s capacity. Another large refinery in the Virgin Islands has closed. This hearing will help us understand the homeland security consequences of refinery closures, both in terms of threats to critical infrastructure and our dependence on imports from unstable parts of the world.”

What:                 Subcommittee Field Hearing on “The Implications of Refinery Closures for U.S. Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure Safety”

When:                10 a.m., Monday, March 19, 2012

Where:               Mirenda Center at Neumann University, One  Neumann Drive, Aston, PA,                                    19014                            

**Live video feed will be available HERE

Opening statements, witness testimony, and the live video feed will be available online HERE.  

Witness List:

Panel I

Dr. Howard Gruenspecht
Acting Administrator
Energy Information Administration
U.S. Department of Energy

Mr. Brandon Wells
Homeland Infrastructure Threat and Risk Analysis Center
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Panel II

Mr. Charles T. Drevna
American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers

Mr. Robert Greco
Group Director
Downstream and Industry Operations
American Petroleum Institute