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API supports Administration's Pipeline Cybersecurity Initiative

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WASHINGTON, October 4, 2018 – The American Petroleum Institute released the following statement regarding the new Pipeline Security Initiative, announced jointly by the Department of Energy and the Department of Homeland Security:

“Protecting America’s energy infrastructure from cyberattacks is a major priority for the natural gas and oil industry and a common goal that we share with DHS, DOE and TSA,” said API Midstream Group Director Robin Rorick. “Our natural gas and oil pipeline systems have been purpose-built to be highly resilient because the production, gathering, processing, refining, transmission, distribution and storage are flexible, with multiple fail-safes, redundancies, and back-ups. We applaud the Pipeline Security Initiative, which recognizes that as cyberthreats continue to evolve and become more sophisticated, so too must our energy infrastructure. This is a complicated and continually changing issue, and it will be best managed through a coordinated approach between industry and the federal government. To that end, we look forward to working with the Departments to advance the Initiative’s objectives on behalf of America’s energy sector. API members continue to invest in the security of their systems, and we are pleased to see a commensurate level of attention from our government partners as we confront increasingly sophisticated nation-state based threats.”

API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the natural gas and oil industry, which supports 10.3 million U.S. jobs and nearly 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 600 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms. They provide most of the nation’s energy and are backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 47 million Americans.