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Bryan Mound Strategic Petroleum Reserve

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Bryan Mound site plan Department of Energy (Public Domain)
Diagram of the oil extraction procedure Department of Energy (Public Domain)
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The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve is the largest hoard of emergency oil in the world, and the largest repository in the reserve system is stashed inside the Bryan Mound salt dome. Spread across 20 underground caverns, Bryan Mound contains about 250 million barrels of sweet and sour crude, the equivalent of 500 Panamax oil tankers.

Sparky Park
Austin, Texas

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve was dreamed…