U.S. releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline in bid to lower prices this summer


The Biden administration announced last week that it is releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from a Northeast reserve established after Superstorm Sandy in a bid to lower prices at the pump this summer, reports The Associated Press.

The sale, from storage sites in New Jersey and Maine, will be allocated in increments of 100,000 barrels at a time. The approach will create a competitive bidding process that ensures gasoline can flow into local retailers ahead of the July 4 holiday and sold at competitive prices, the Energy Department says.

The move, which the department says is intended to help “lower costs for American families and consumers,″ follows a mandate from Congress to sell off the 10-year-old Northeast reserve and then close it. The language was included in a spending deal Congress approved in March to avert a partial government shutdown.

The Energy Department says the sale of the 1 million barrels, about 42 million gallons, is timed to provide relief for motorists as the summer driving season begins.

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