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Oil Reserves

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Oil Reserves

Oil Reserves

Oil Reserves

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As complaints mount about soaring energy costs, some politicians have suggested tapping into the strategic petroleum reserve to keep gas prices in check. As Debra Fraser of member station KUHF reports, the reserve — enough to serve the nation's energy needs for 75 days — is located in coastal salt caverns in Louisiana and Texas. It was created during the energy crisis of the 70's as an emergency supply to be used in times of crisis.

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