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TransCanada asks State Department to suspend long-running review of Keystone XL

The pause, requested in a letter from the Calgary-based company to the State Department, adds new uncertainty to the controversy over the proposed pipeline.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, center, in January on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski asks Obama administration for details on oil swaps with Mexico

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, wants to know whether the “fanfare” over U.S. oil swaps with Mexico — touted as approved in August — was overblown.
Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, in Houston on June 18, 2013. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Oil lobbyist counts many options for winning crude exports

American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard sees at least 20 legislative approaches to lifting the ban on U.S. oil exports.
FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Heitkamp said Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, that she won?t run for North Dakota governor, a setback for Democrats? hopes of claiming the state?s top office. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Senate panel advances oil exports in near party-line vote, signalling trouble ahead for bill

Although the Senate banking committee voted 13-9 to approve an oil exports bill, the panel debate on the measure illustrated hardening partisan division over the possible trade policy change.
Joint Economic Committee members Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., left, and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind. talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Sen. Pat Toomey seeks to shred biofuel mandates as part of oil exports bill

Before the Senate Banking Committee votes on legislation to lift the oil export ban on Thursday, the panel may consider whether to axe some U.S. biofuel mandates.
This photo taken July 23, 2013, show the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Congress returns to work this week with a relatively short and simple agenda, vote to keep the government operating in the short term, then return home to campaign. National security threats from Islamic State militants and Russian aggression in Ukraine loom large, but September's session may be too short for lawmakers to do anything but talk about them.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Five options for getting crude export bill to president’s desk

Oil producers and their allies on Capitol Hill are mulling an array of strategies for getting legislation authorizing widespread crude exports onto the president’s desk.
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Iranian crude could pinch U.S. producers without export freedom, paper warns

The paper notes the “great geopolitical irony” that “lifting sanctions will boost Iranian oil exports at a time when federal law and regulations generally prohibit American oil exports.”
President Barack Obama arrives to speak on March 22, 2012 at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma. (AFP PHOTO/Mandel Ngan)

Obama knows crude export ban is “bad economics,” North Dakota senator says

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., suggested that momentum is building on Capitol Hill and within the Obama administration for liberalizing the longstanding ban on U.S. crude exports.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, center, in January on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senators campaign to end ban on crude oil exports

Senators unveiled legislation to end the longstanding ban on U.S. oil exports, with hopes to put domestic crude on the same legal footing as gasoline, diesel and other refined petroleum products.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs a weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office in March 2015.  (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool)

Senators push oil-supply pact with Israel

Senators want the United States to renew a longstanding pledge to supply Israel with crude if the country’s oil supplies are interrupted.