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September 2017

Vol. 22, No. 37 Week of September 10, 2017

Perry taps SPR reserve in wake of Harvey

Energy Secretary Rick Perry says hes releasing 500,000 barrels of crude oil from an emergency stockpile in a bid to prevent gasoline prices from spiking in the wake of disruptions caused by Harvey.

Perry says hes authorized immediate shipments of crude to the Phillips 66 refinery in Lake Charles,

Louisiana. He says the Energy Department will review other requests for oil from the Strategic

Petroleum Reserve, an emergency stockpile that guards against supply disruptions.

The petroleum reserve was created in the wake of the 1970s Arab oil embargo. The reserve stores oil at

four underground sites in Texas and Louisiana.

Gasoline prices have increased by at least 10 cents a gallon since Harvey came ashore and caused record flooding, shutting down oil refineries along the Texas and Louisiana coasts.

- ASSOCIATED PRESS





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