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Statement from DOE's Chief Spokesperson Andrew Beck Regarding Citgo's Request for Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

September 2, 2008 - 3:20pm


Strategic Petroleum Reserve, SPR

WASHINGTON, DC- On Tuesday, September 2, 2008, the U.S. Department of Energy received a formal request from Citgo's Lake Charles, Louisiana refinery for 250,000 barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.  The oil is needed because of the closure of Louisiana's Calcasieu channel and disruptions in oil supply caused by Hurricane Gustav.  The Department intends to grant Citgo's request.

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