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Louisiana is known far and wide for our famed southern hospitality, rich cultural history, and bustling culinary scene. Our music, outdoors and wildlife are unmatched in America. But none of these are as important as the role our Bayou State plays in powering the USA.
Louisiana accounts for nearly one-fifth of the nation’s refining capacity and can process about 3.2 million barrels of crude oil per day. We have the third-highest natural gas production and reserves among the states. Our port in New Orleans is the third-largest U.S. coal exporting port in America. And we consistently rank among the top states in both crude oil reserves and crude oil production.
What’s more: Louisiana is home to two of the four storage sites of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), an emergency stockpile of petroleum maintained by the United States Department of Energy.
According to the federal government, the SPR is an “emergency response tool to protect Americans from energy supply disruptions.” The intent is to tap the SPR during times of war or after natural disasters have jeopardized domestic production. With Hurricane Season beginning this week, folks along the Gulf Coast are ever mindful of the