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MAY 29, 2008

EIA Responds to Premature Public Release of Weekly Petroleum Data

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is aware that petroleum data for the week ending May 23, scheduled for release at 10:30 AM  Eastern Time today, was available on the public EIA website before the scheduled release time. Initial indications suggest a malfunction in the system used by EIA to load the data while keeping it from public release prior to the scheduled release time. EIA is investigating this event and its causes.

EIA will make interim changes to its systems or procedures needed to avoid a recurrence before next week’s release.  Details on changes will be available no later than Monday. 

EIA will also engage with its stakeholders on longer term actions to permanently assure the fair and timely release of weekly data in an environment where increased demand for electronic access to petroleum data is presenting technological challenges.

The information described in this press release was prepared by the Energy Information Administration, the independent statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. The information and the press release should be attributed to the Energy Information Administration and should not be construed as advocating or reflecting any policy position of the Department of Energy or any other organization.

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