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Security of U.S. Offshore Drilling Rigs?

It has been suggested by various interests that the recent BP oil rig blowout may have occurred under suspicious circumstances. It seems far fetched but in today’s geo-environmental-political atmosphere, should it not be considered as a future possibility? A brief Internet search of oil rig security found an article from Canada (2006) asking that vary question: “Ottawa considers beefing up security on offshore rigs” http://ht.ly/1FY19. Another website touted oil rig security: “Oil Rig Security” http://ht.ly/1FXCe.

It has been said, “To catch a thief, think like a thief.” What would produce more havoc to our coastal water environment and nation energy security, not to mention our fisheries, etc. than coordinated attacks on numerous offshore oil rigs along our coasts? I may by way off base. I hope so. Maybe the Pentagon has this all figured out in a secret black paper locked up somewhere. Perhaps we should ask what are the true security risks of our offshore drilling rigs and what is being done to protect them. Do I assume this has all been done? Just thinking.

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