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Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., listens during a congressional hearing. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Robert Menendez floats ‘strategic’ crude exports

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Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., has historically opposed oil exports, but on Tuesday, he floated the possibility of “strategic” crude sales to U.S. allies while a nuclear deal with Iran is renegotiated.
An oil tanker, right, cruises past a new liquefied natural gas tanker at the Cheniere terminal in Cameron Parish, La. (Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

Obama administration OKs oil exports to Mexico

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The approvals — which involve exchanges of U.S. oil for a similar amount of Mexican crude — did not require any change in U.S. law. The administration also denied applications to exchange U.S. crude for oil and petroleum products from other nations.
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Conservationists push White House to postpone next week’s Gulf drilling auction

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Environmentalists are campaigning for the White House to call off Wednesday’s Gulf lease sale until Congress reauthorizes a longstanding conservation program funded by offshore oil development.
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.
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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.