What the federal government lacks in speed it can sometimes make up for in thoroughness.

When considering all the things that could possibly go wrong in a system of the scale and complexity of the US energy sector, only a highly organized and tiered stakeholder system can hope to encompass the entire universe of risks. The document that can be downloaded with this post is part of the Department of Energy’s effort to establish that system as the sector-specific agency responsible for risks to energy-related facilities and infrastructure.

As the U.S. becomes embroiled in a newly heated debate over gun control and the ways communities and facilities can protect themselves against potential violence, the details of a government plan and the regulations laying out defenses and responses matter more than ever.