• 3 minutes e-car sales collapse
  • 6 minutes America Is Exceptional in Its Political Divide
  • 11 minutes Perovskites, a ‘dirt cheap’ alternative to silicon, just got a lot more efficient
  • 6 hours GREEN NEW DEAL = BLIZZARD OF LIES
  • 38 mins Could Someone Give Me Insights on the Future of Renewable Energy?
  • 15 hours How Far Have We Really Gotten With Alternative Energy
  • 2 days "What’s In Store For Europe In 2023?" By the CIA (aka RFE/RL as a ruse to deceive readers)
  • 14 hours e-truck insanity
  • 4 days Bankruptcy in the Industry
  • 1 day Oil Stocks, Market Direction, Bitcoin, Minerals, Gold, Silver - Technical Trading <--- Chris Vermeulen & Gareth Soloway weigh in
  • 5 days The United States produced more crude oil than any nation, at any time.
Oil Moves Down on Crude Inventory Build

Oil Moves Down on Crude Inventory Build

Crude oil prices moved lower…

U.S. Oil and Gas Boom Poses Challenge to Climate Goals

U.S. Oil and Gas Boom Poses Challenge to Climate Goals

Despite renewable energy efforts, the…

Biden Administration's SPR Plans Derailed by Oil Price Surge

Biden Administration's SPR Plans Derailed by Oil Price Surge

The Biden Administration cancels planned…

Tsvetana Paraskova

Tsvetana Paraskova

Tsvetana is a writer for Oilprice.com with over a decade of experience writing for news outlets such as iNVEZZ and SeeNews. 

More Info

Premium Content

U.S. Taps Strategic Petroleum Reserve After Hurricane Harvey

US

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry authorized on Thursday an emergency release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) of 500,000 barrels of crude oil after Hurricane Harvey disrupted the petroleum industry in Texas and Louisiana, and led to motor fuel price spikes and shortages.

“In response to the impacts from Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. Secretary of Energy has authorized the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to negotiate and execute an emergency exchange agreement with the Phillips 66 Lake Charles Refinery. This decision will authorize 200,000 barrels of sweet crude oil and 300,000 barrels of sour crude oil to be drawn down from SPR’s West Hackberry site and delivered via pipeline to the Phillips 66 refinery,” DOE Spokeswoman Jess Szymanski said in the statement, which Secretary Perry tweeted.

“The Department will continue to provide assistance as deemed necessary, and will continue to review incoming requests for SPR crude oil. Should the Secretary decide to approve additional requests for an emergency exchange of crude oil from the SPR, the public will be notified,” the Department of Energy further noted.

Due to Harvey and the flooding it caused, around 20 percent of the U.S. refining capacity is being shut down, including the biggest and second-biggest refineries in the U.S.—Port Arthur and Baytown.

According to the DOE’s latest available event report at the time of writing, as of 4:00pm EDT on Wednesday, 10 refineries in the Gulf Cost region were shut down, with six having begun assessing damages and restarting, which may take several days.

Related: Russia Claims To Have Invented Alternative To Fracking

In onshore production, 300,000 bpd-500,000 bpd of crude production has been shut-in in the Eagle Ford from a pre-storm production estimate of 870,000 bpd, the DOE said, citing the Texas Railroad Commission.

In offshore crude production, as of 11:30 CDT on Wednesday, 18.50 percent of the current oil production of 1,750,000 bpd the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in, equal to 323,760 bpd, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE).

By Tsvetana Paraskova for Oilprice.com

ADVERTISEMENT

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:


Download The Free Oilprice App Today

Back to homepage





Leave a comment

Leave a comment




EXXON Mobil -0.35
Open57.81 Trading Vol.6.96M Previous Vol.241.7B
BUY 57.15
Sell 57.00
Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News