In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, a significant amount of legislation was passed by the U.S. Congress aimed at improving homeland security in the United States. At the same time, the petroleum industry, working with the government, began increasing its efforts to reduce the industry's vulnerability to terrorism. Today, petroleum companies face the burden of implementing new security measures and complying with new security laws which often are complex, overlapping in scope, and enforced by multiple agencies. This paper provides an overview of industry-sponsored security initiatives and relevant homeland security laws and offers practical solutions for companies trying to minimize liability risks related to terrorism.

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