The Senate bill was co-sponsored by Democrat Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Republican Rob Portman of Ohio. A similar bill was defeated last year after it became enmeshed in a partisan fight over the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
In a letter sent last week to Kinder Morgan, the state’s congressional delegation asked the company to do more public outreach beyond five meetings conducted recently in communities affected by the proposal.
A new survey ordered up by refiners fighting to preserve the oil export ban suggests voters are wary of selling crude overseas while the United States still relies on foreign supplies and as gasoline prices hang in the balance.
A New Hampshire jury has found ExxonMobil liable in a long-running lawsuit over groundwater contamination by the gasoline additive MTBE. The oil giant could pay hundreds of millions of dollars to clean it up.
Lawyers for Exxon Mobil say the state of New Hampshire is looking for a lot of money and a scapegoat in its lawsuit over the oil giant’s use over the gasoline additive MTBE, the longest state trial in state history.
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