Tag: Lisa Murkowski

Report: Condensate could be first crack in oil export ban

A simple tweak by the Commerce Department would allow the U.S. to begin selling ultra-light hydrocarbons overseas, a significant first step in easing the 39-year-old ban on crude exports, a new report says.  More »

Lawmakers mull shaking up LNG export reviews

Key senators are pressuring the Energy Department to abandon its 2012 plan for processing applications to broadly export natural gas, insisting that the two-year-old approach does not do enough to prioritize projects that have secured financing, signed up customers and are close to winning other needed permits.  More »

European leaders plead for more natural gas exports

Natural gas export boosters have seized on the Ukraine crisis to leverage plans to accelerate U.S. government approvals to sell more of the fossil fuel overseas. But now that the Senate is tackling a $1 billion Ukraine aid package, the zeal to act immediately may be cooling.  More »

Obama administration grants approval for more US natural gas exports

The Energy Department on Monday authorized exports from a sixth LNG export project, as pressure builds on the Obama administration to speed up approvals of plans to sell U.S. natural gas overseas.  More »

Energy chief: Industry arguments for exporting US oil are unconvincing

The oil industry hasn’t made a convincing case that the U.S. should lift its 39-year-old ban on exporting American crude, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Wednesday.  More »

Senator: US should use oil and gas as strategic weapon in world politics

The United States should use its oil and gas bounty as a strategic weapon, helping to protect allies and tame crises like those unfolding in Russia and Venezuela, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday.  More »

Oil export ban can be lifted piecemeal, analysis says

President Barack Obama should follow the lead of previous commanders-in-chief by creating exceptions to the United States’ 39-year-old ban on exporting American crude, Sen. Lisa Murkowski argued Monday.  More »

IHS CERAweek draws energy luminaries to Houston summit

Tempered growth in major emerging economies will loom over a massive energy symposium this week when industry power brokers assemble in Houston to analyze rising competition and geopolitical threats to global markets.  More »

Guest commentary: US crude oil export ban confusion intensifies, except in Alaska

While federal policymakers are moving slowly on the question of U.S. crude oil exports, Alaska is taking swift action on policy decisions that are reinvigorating oil and gas investment in the state, says Peter Gardett, an adjunct fellow at the Center for a New American Security.  More »

Oil industry ally takes Senate committee helm

Sen. Mary Landrieu takes over the chairmanship of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, giving the Louisiana Democrat a boost in her reelection campaign and putting an oil industry ally in a powerful Senate role.  More »

Republican lawmakers divided on oil exports

Oil companies eager to sell U.S. crude overseas are pushing Congress to relax a 39-year-old ban on those exports, but even reliable allies on Capitol Hill are wary. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., said there is a kind of “schizophrenia” around the issue on Capitol Hill.  More »

Flint Hills says North Pole Refinery will close

Flint Hills Resources announced Tuesday that it will close its North Pole refinery, shuttering a major employer in the Fairbanks area and eliminating a local source of gasoline, jet fuel, heating fuel and other petroleum products.  More »
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