Tag: Lisa Murkowski

Cameron LNG export terminal can break ground

The Energy Department on Wednesday handed critical final government licenses to the Cameron LNG project in southwestern Louisiana and a much smaller Florida facility, giving both approval to widely export natural gas around the globe. The two projects now are part of an elite club, joining only one other would-be LNG exporter in the continental United States to be fully authorized.  More »

Ending oil export ban drawing more talk on Capitol Hill

The head of a Republican energy task force predicts the U.S. House of Representatives will advance legislation next year to relax a decades-old ban on exporting most U.S. crude.  More »

EIA to cast new data into oil export debate

The U.S. Energy Information Administration is on track next month to issue two highly anticipated reports that will shape the debate over exporting crude, including an analysis of how the price of oil around the globe affects gasoline costs inside the United States.  More »

Shell signs deal with Alaska native group

Shell moved Thursday to deepen its relationship with Alaska natives who live near the company’s Arctic oil wells, signing a deal that gives them royalties from some of the projects an option to buy into them later.  More »

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 »
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