From the article:
“There are more than 200,000 miles (322,000 km) of oil lines and many times that of natural gas lines across the United States. Thousands of rural and often remote pumping and valve stations dot the country.
“The cost of posting armed guards at valve stations, usually found every 20 miles along the underground pipelines, would be prohibitive, said Dewar.
“For companies, there are few options to police the parts of their pipeline networks that sit above ground, such as the valve stations.
“The stations are usually protected by nothing more than the same flimsy chain link fence and padlocks elementary schools use to protect their playgrounds.”
It points out how vulnerable our pipelined supplies and utilities (water, oil, gas, sewer) are to saboteurs, domestic or foreign, political or “religious.”.
- This reply was modified 5 years ago by L Tecolote.