Tag: Lisa Murkowski

Oil export advocate encouraged by discussions with administration

The leading Capitol Hill advocate for exporting U.S. crude said she is encouraged by the Obama administration’s focus on the issue, following a meeting with Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she left the private session confident that “there are ongoing discussions within the (Commerce) department on this issue.”  More »

Swaps could be next way around oil export ban

Energy companies already have found one way to export some of the crude pouring out of Texas wells, despite a longstanding ban on selling U.S. oil overseas. Now they’re looking at another strategy.  More »

US challenges oil export ban with approvals for two Texas companies

The Obama administration has cleared the way for two energy companies to sell an ultra-light variety of crude overseas after minimally processing it, a decision that tests the limits of a long-standing ban on exporting U.S. crude.  More »

Energy Department defends natural gas export plan

A top Obama administration official on Thursday defended the Energy Department’s new plan for vetting proposed natural gas export projects that are viewed as closer to commercialization, saying it was intended to foster fairness and transparency.  More »

Obama pick to head FERC advances with compromise

Norman Bay and Cheryl LaFleur won Senate committee approval to be members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as part of a compromise with the Obama administration on who would lead the agency.  More »

Bill to approve Keystone XL advances in Senate

A key Senate committee voted 12-10 Wednesday to endorse legislation that would force approval of Keystone XL, a mostly symbolic action that will do little to put the pipeline in the ground but could help the panel’s Democratic chairwoman, Mary Landrieu, in her reelection bid.  More »

History of gasoline and oil exports murky

As oil companies clamor to export crude, they may look to the government’s 1981 decision to green-light overseas gasoline sales for guidance. There’s just one problem: The government records underpinning that move are missing in action.  More »

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 »
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