US energy officials respond to Perdue's oil request

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ATLANTA - Federal energy officials say they already had been releasing crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve when Gov. Sonny Perdue sent a letter to the White House this week asking for additional supplies to be sent to Gulf Coast refineries.

In a letter to Perdue on Wednesday, energy secretary Samuel Bodman said 900,000 barrels of oil have been approved for delivery to two refineries, who requested the extra crude. Bodman said since Sept. 3 nearly 6 million barrels of reserve oil have been sent to refineries.

Perdue's spokesman, Bert Brantley, said the governor is pleased with the news. Perdue sent a letter to President Bush on Monday requesting that a "significant amount" of reserve oil be released to help ease the gas shortage in Georgia.

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