2014-06-04. Former Chief of Navy SEALs Finds Keystone XL an Easy Terror Target.

posted Jun 6, 2014, 10:06 AM by Alan Gould

For GSS Energy Use chapter 3. Excerpt: ...the prospective 1,179-mile pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Cushing, Okla.  ...Navy SEAL chief David “Dave” Cooper ...concludes that a small group of evildoers could easily cause a catastrophic spill of millions of gallons of diluted bitumen, or tar sands crude, from the Keystone XL. They could do it with as little as four pounds of commercial-grade, improvised explosives. Cooper even did a dry run, using the completed Keystone I pipeline as a proxy; he hung out at a critical valve station long enough to content himself that he could have planted some explosives and left without a hitch. In what Cooper deems “the most likely scenario,” a single attack could result in 1.2 million gallons of Alberta crude tarring Nebraska farms and waterways. ...A coordinated attack at multiple locations, Cooper suggests, could trigger a 7.24 million gallon flood. ...Cooper writes, “the vulnerability of our energy infrastructure has been there for some time. The shock is how little it’s been discussed. A coordinated attack at several critical points would not only wreak havoc … it would likely overwhelm the existing engineering capability needed to clean it up.” ...there’s precedent for pipelines as a bad guy’s “weapon of choice“—in India, Turkey, Pakistan, Colombia, Nigeria, Mexico, and especially Iraq. ...The softness of targets such as these oil pipelines and the attractiveness of hitting them. ...Cooper is a highly decorated, 25-year veteran of the special forces and ran the elite unit known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group that’s far better known as “SEAL Team Six.” ...he served in Afghanistan and Yemen and was in the unit’s command during the rescue of Maersk Alabama Captain Richard Phillips off Somalia and the killing of Osama bin Laden.... http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-06-04/former-chief-of-navy-seals-finds-keystone-xl-an-easy-terror-target#r=hp-ls. By Brad Wieners, Bloomberg Businessweek.