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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, leads a hearing on the Keystone XL pipeline, in Washington, Jan. 8, 2015. (Jabin Botsford/The New York Times)

Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban

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Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, chairman of the panel, championed the plan to lift the restrictions. It passed by a party-line vote of 12-10.
A drilling rig under contract to Shell arrives in Port Angeles, Washington en route to Alaska's Chukchi Sea, where Shell hopes to drill this summer. (Daniella Beccaria/seattlepi.com via AP, File) MAGS OUT; NO SALES; SEATTLE TIMES OUT; TV OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

Senate bill would give oil companies a decade more to drill in Arctic

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Oil companies could get 10 more years to drill on their Arctic leases, under a provision in a broader offshore drilling bill advancing in the Senate.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Assistant Energy Secretary Christopher Smith tour the Bayou Choctaw oil reserve site near Baton Rouge, La. The facility, part of the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve, holds about 73 million barrels of crude in underground salt caverns. (Photo: Energy Department)

Strategic Petroleum Reserve shouldn’t be used to fill federal coffers, Murkowski says

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Congress should not use the nation’s emergency oil stockpile as an ATM, with sales of the crude funding unrelated legislative priorities, Sen. Lisa Murkowski said as she toured one of the Louisiana sites that makes up the United States’ Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Shell plans to use the Transocean Polar Pioneer, shown here in Dutch Harbor, Alaska,  to drill in the Chukchi Sea. (Photo: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement)

Oregon senator hopes Obama’s potential Arctic visit could spur White House to block drilling

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Shell’s work in the Arctic is far from guaranteed. The company is still seeking required drilling permits and repairs for a contracted icebreaker that is supposed to help safeguard operations this summer.
Chevron's massive deep water offshore platform heads to the Gulf of Mexico. The project was slated to start production this year, but that's been delayed after several subsea installation tendons sustained damage. (Chevron)

Liberal group says White House should use Gulf of Mexico auction to secure parks spending

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Preserving the 50-year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund that pays for parks and public spaces requires a “bold fight” by the Obama administration, the Center for American Progress argues. The program, which is mostly funded by offshore oil and gas revenue, is set to expire in September.
US Secretary of State John Kerry leaves after a group picture of Iran nuclear talks at Austria International Centre in Vienna, Austria on July 14, 2015. Major powers clinched a historic deal aimed at ensuring Iran does not obtain the nuclear bomb, opening up Tehran's stricken economy and potentially ending decades of bad blood with the West.   AFP PHOTO / POOL / CARLOS BARRIACARLOS BARRIA/AFP/Getty Images

Nuclear deal will fuel oil export push

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The nuclear deal with Iran is expected to give oil export advocates even more leverage.
This Thursday, April 19, 2012 file photo shows the ConocoPhillips refinery in Trainer, Pa., near Philadelphia.  Delta Air Lines Inc. bought the refinery as part of an unprecedented deal that it hopes will cut its jet fuel bill. A Delta subsidiary paid $150 million, including $30 million in job-creation assistance it is getting from the state of Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

As Delta refinery snaps up Nigerian crude, U.S. producers ask Congress for freedom to export

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The purchases mark a shift for the refinery, which had largely stopped importing Nigerian oil two years ago and had shifted to largely North American supplies, which have been trading at a discount to global crude.
(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Iranian crude could pinch U.S. producers without export freedom, paper warns

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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

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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, speaks during the opening panel discussion of IHS Energy CERAWEEK on Monday, April 20, 2015, in Houston. ( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle )

Murkowski releases road map for countries to seek U.S. crude exports

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The study is being released by Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, as the Senate nears a possible vote — as early as Tuesday afternoon — on a measure that would express the sense of Congress that the president should use existing crude and gas export authorities to aide U.S. allies and partners.