In the U. S., there is a bill before the Senate that would establish emergency reserves of petroleum to sustain the country for at least 90 days. Storage of such reserves would be costly. If salt domes were leached to provide capacity for stoning petroleum for a 90-day requirement, each facility would be about 8 million dollars, pipelines another 5 million, and the cost of the oil unknown. The arrival of large tankers involves the construction of superports to accommodate them. The proposed Texas superport will include a tank farm that will cover 100 acres. The site of the proposed superport in Louisiana is in the middle of a large field of salt domes. The import situation is discussed and recommendations to alleviate the worsening situation are listed. (MCW)
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