Geographic Concentration of Oil Infrastructure: Issues and Options
Strategy research project
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The nations energy infrastructure is vulnerable. A key vulnerability is the concentration of oil infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico. After the security shock of 911 and the energy disruptions caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many analysts questioned this geographic concentration of oil infrastructure and proposed that dispersion might reduce infrastructure vulnerability. This SRP describes the vulnerabilities of geographic concentration of the oil infrastructure through a short case study of the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Its assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of geographic dispersion of U.S. oil infrastructure is followed by recommendations for how the industry and the U.S. government can create a less vulnerable infrastructure.
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