Porter Raises Red Flag on Federal Government Negligence to Protect Critical Infrastructure Near Border

08/22/2014

Read Commissioner Porter's Letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection

AUSTIN
 – Commissioner David Porter of the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) sent a letter today to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, questioning the agency’s commitment to border security and the protection of vital U.S. interests and infrastructure.  Porter’s concern stems from several published reports detailing unsettling communication between ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and Mexican cartels - which have long been active along Texas pipeline rights-of-way.

 

“The reports detail some very disturbing accounts of Mexican drug cartels using Texas oil routes to transport narcotics and illegal aliens, which endangers the lives of RRC inspectors, the oil and gas industry and in turn, the economic security of the United States,” Porter said.

 

Porter also expressed grave concerns that some of these illegal aliens may in fact be terrorists, citing a CBP report that reveals hundreds of illegal aliens caught trying to enter the U.S. by crossing the Mexican border have been from nations that sponsor terrorism — namely Pakistan, Egypt, and Yemen.  

 

According to Porter, border patrol is so occupied by the overflow of illegal alien children that they are neglecting vulnerable pipeline rights-of-way and opening the border to the cartel, drug smugglers, and potential terrorists. Commissioner Porter added, “The border patrol should be protecting our people and industry from terrorists, and not acting as a nanny-service.”

 

“The oil and gas industry makes up more than a third of the Texas economy.  If we don’t have stronger border security in these energy producing areas, they will become too dangerous to occupy, and oil and gas production will come to a halt in one of the most productive areas of the country,” Porter said.

 

Porter is in the process of scheduling site visits in the area to see the situation first hand and determine what steps, if any, the RRC needs to take moving forward.

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The RRC is the chief energy regulator for the state of Texas, having primary regulatory jurisdiction over the oil and natural gas industry, as well as pipelines, natural gas utilities, the propane industry, and coal and uranium surface mining operations. The agency works to ensure fair and consistent energy regulation in Texas so businesses can safely, efficiently, and economically produce the energy that is needed to power Texans and the Texas economy.

 

Commissioner Porter was elected statewide to the Texas Railroad Commission on November 2, 2010. A Certified Public Accountant and successful small business owner, Commissioner Porter has worked with oil and gas producers for nearly three decades providing strategic financial advice and tax counsel. He has a long record of pro-business, free market, conservative credentials.