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Dr. Kinsland interviewed by The Advocate

In a recent article by The Advocate, Dr. Gary Kinsland, a Professor Emeritus in the School of Geosciences with a distinguished career both in academia and as a consultant, shared his insights on the strategic use of south Louisiana's salt domes for oil reserves storage. With his extensive background in studying and consulting on salt domes, Dr. Kinsland brings his knowledge to the discussion on this storage solution.

Salt domes, which have been utilized globally for the long-term storage of oil and gas, offer a unique advantage due to the natural sealing properties of salt. This characteristic eliminates the need for additional lining materials to prevent seepage, making salt domes an efficient and secure choice for storing reserves. Notably, since October 1977, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve has capitalized on this advantage, storing emergency crude oil in four sites along the Gulf Coast, including two locations in Louisiana: West Hackberry and Bayou Choctaw.

Dr. Kinsland's interview showcases the significance of these geological formations and their role in national energy security. The expertise of the faculty at the UL Lafayette School of Geosciences underscores the importance of leveraging geological structures to meet contemporary energy storage needs, highlighting the intersection of geology with strategic energy planning.

You can read the full article on The Advocate website