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Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Louisiana (1979)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Weeks Island, Iberia Parish, Louisiana, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1979-03-16

Duration: 00:08:20

Subjects: United States. Strategic Petroleum Reserve | OIL INDUSTRY | MINES | EXPLOSIONS | Salt domes | West Hackberry Strategic Petroleum Reserve | United States. Department of Energy | Energy


  • Blome, Ron Host
  • Parker, William Interviewee
  • Friloux, James Interviewee


This segment from the March 16, 1979, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a report on the federal Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Louisiana, including a tour of the mine at the Weeks Island salt dome, a site where oil will be stored. This report also includes an interview with James Friloux, the liaison officer from the U.S. Department of Energy in Baton Rouge. He discusses the contingency plans for pumping oil out of the reserve if needed, the explosion at the Hackberry salt dome, and charges of mismanagement of the project. Host: Ron Blome