DOE, Allies Assure Public Energy Sector Prepared for Hurricanes

With crude oil prices and U.S. gas prices already sky-high, the U.S. Department of Energy is doing what it can to assure the public that production of energy supplies is a sure thing even during 2007's hurricane season. DOE has scheduled a news conference May 30 in Washington, D.C. with partners to explain their preparations for the approaching hurricane season.

The partners are the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the American Petroleum Institute. DOE's announcement said Alex de Alvarez, deputy director of its Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability; Walter Cruickshank, deputy director of MMS; Rear Admiral Wayne Justice, director of Enforcement and Incident Management for the Coast Guard; and API President Red Cavaney will speak at the news conference at 10 a.m. Eastern on initiatives to maximize safety, strengthen environmental safeguards, and support continued production during the hurricane season.

The news conference is scheduled to take plae in an auditorium at Department of Interior headquarters.

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