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U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayott (R-NH) listens during a news briefing after the weekly Senate Republican Policy Luncheon March 12, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Ad campaign launched to pressure senators on oil exports

With Congress nearing a vote on oil exports, a group opposed to foreign crude sales is hitting the airwaves in five states.
Senator-elect, U.S. Rep. Cory Gardner, (R-Colo.), delivers his victory speech to supporters during a GOP election night gathering at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, in Denver, Colo., Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. Gardner defeated his Democratic opponent, incumbent Sen. Mark Udall. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Republicans won big by embracing energy, industry group says

Wins on Election Day gave Republicans more power to advance industry priorities such as Keystone XL and expanded opportunities for oil and gas drilling.
National Governor's Association Vice Chair Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper participates in a special session on jobs in America during the National Governor's Association Winter Meeting in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Colorado compromise aims to head off fracking showdown at ballot box

WASHINGTON — A last-minute deal in Colorado is aimed at averting a ballot showdown in November over the future of hydraulic fracturing and drilling regulations in the state that threatened to strand oil industry investments and divided Democrats.
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Democrats push Obama on LNG exports

Five Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday pleading for the government to pick up the pace in vetting proposals to export natural gas.
A deal signed in May 2013 between Exxon Mobil Corp. and Qatar Petroleum International would add a liquefied natural gas export terminal to the existing Golden Pass import terminal in the Port Arthur community of Sabine Pass.

Senate panel blocks vote on LNG export plan

A plan to accelerate U.S. natural gas exports in response to Russia’s invasion of Crimea failed in the Senate on Wednesday, amid criticism that it could derail a Ukraine aid package.

Lawmaker pushes oil companies to open their books

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., is asking BP, Shell Oil Co., ExxonMobil and 11 other companies today to open their books and provide details on the value of the crude, gas and minerals they have extracted from public lands and waters. Grijalva wants the numbers to determine if taxpayers are getting a “fair return” from energy development and hard rock mining.
Antelopes pass near a Shell drilling site in Rocky Mountains, Pinedale, Wyoming. (Photo: Shell Oil)

Lawmakers seek details on oil royalties, hardrock mining payments

Western lawmakers are asking federal investigators for a detailed accounting of the oil, gas and minerals recently extracted from public lands and waters, as part of what they described as a bid to make sure taxpayers are getting a “fair return” from the development.