According to a document circulated by Republican lawmakers, an infrastructure deal struck by a group of bipartisan senators and President Joe Biden on Thursday includes partial funding by a proposed $6 billion sale from the U.S. emergency Oil reserve. A sale of that size equals a drawdown of about 82 million barrels, based on Thursday’s price of $73 a barrel for West Texas Intermediate crude.
This represents about 13% of the reserve’s current holdings of nearly 624 million barrels of Oil, though if prices rise, the volume of Oil would shrink.The deal was a step forward for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Senate package.Biden’s fellow Democrats are also working on a companion bill to include more money to address climate change, but could only be passed on a party line vote in a process called reconciliation.The effort to pass the bills could extend into September and beyond.
The deal also includes $21 billion for environmental remediation, much of which could go toward cleaning up abandoned coal and hardrock mines and Oil and gas wells, while providing jobs in communities that have long relied on work producing fossil fuels.The SPR, held in several salt caverns on the Texas and Louisiana coasts, has been tapped before to fund the federal government, medical research and a modernization of the facility under laws passed in 2015 and 2016. In 2015, the government agreed to sell 58 million barrels between 2018 and 2025.