A Look Ahead: House Committee on Homeland Security

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Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, announced the following upcoming Committee events:

Wednesday, August 24

Preventing an Economic Shock Wave: Securing the Port of Houston from a Terrorist Attack

10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24 at the Port of Houston Authority at 111 East Loop North Houston, Texas  77029

Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations, and Management
Rep. Michael T. McCaul (TX), Chairman


Mr. Stephen Caldwell
Maritime and Coast Guard Issues
Homeland Security and Justice Team
Government Accountability Office

CAPT Bill Diehl (USCG, Ret.)
Greater Houston Port Bureau, Inc.

Mr. James T. Edmonds
The Port of Houston Authority

Sheriff Adrian Garcia
Harris County, Texas

Captain James H. Whitehead III
Sector Commander
Sector Houston-Galveston
U.S. Coast Guard

Chairman McCaul on the hearing:
“Osama bin Laden’s personal files found in his compound in Pakistan revealed a brazen idea to blow up oil tankers.  The Port of Houston is perhaps the most target-rich environment.  In addition to the tragic loss of life that would occur, an attack that stops the flow of roughly 25 percent of America’s oil imports could cripple our already struggling economy.  If catastrophe struck the Port of Houston, there is little spare capacity to import and refine crude oil elsewhere in the country.  Securing this high value target is essential to our national and economic security.  This hearing will examine security in place to prevent such an attack, as well as measures not yet implemented.”