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Gus wants to know



U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, has a few questions for the Transportation Security Administration about pipeline safety after a trio of teenagers drilled into a pipe carrying ammonia in the Riverview area of Hillsborough County, causing evacuations.

At a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee on another matter Wednesday morning, Bilirakis asked TSA Adminsitrator Kip Hawley about pipeline security. The congressman had been troubled to learn that the agency was unable to answer questions from Tampa Bay-area reporters about security and inspections, a spokesman said, and he worries about the damage that terrorists might cause.

“I want to let you know that I am going to be contacting TSA about the security of these pipelines, especially in the Tampa Bay area," Bilirakis told Hawley. He plans to follow up with a letter. He added, “I hope that you will ... take this matter very seriously and respond to my inquiry expeditiously.”

Hawley said, "Yes, sir."

You can see the video here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:27am]


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