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Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 15, 2015

Murkowski: It ‘Makes Sense’ to Have Oil Export Bill in Broader Energy Package

Bloomberg BNA: The chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee said May 14 that she is inclined to include standalone legislation that would end the 40-year ban on the export of domestic crude oil as part of a broader energy package the committee is drafting.

“I’d like to have it in there,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told reporters. “It just makes sense in there, as part of the bigger, broader energy updating our architecture.”

The bill, the Energy Supply and Distribution Act of 2015 (S. 1312), released May 13, is scheduled to be the subject of a June 4 hearing on “energy accountability and reform,” along with other bills that could end up in the broader energy package, which is expected to be unveiled later this summer.

In addition, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) is expected to introduce a separate standalone bill repealing the crude oil export ban to be considered by the Senate Banking Committee, Murkowski said.

Heitkamp, the lone Democratic co-sponsor of S. 1312 along with 11 Republican senators, is a member of the Banking Committee, which has jurisdiction over export controls and foreign trade promotion.

Her legislation will be combined with S. 1312 “to make sure our legislation to lift the ban is as strong and comprehensive as possible,” Heitkamp said in a statement.

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Mark Green joined API after a career in newspaper journalism, including 16 years as national editorial writer for The Oklahoman in the paper’s Washington bureau. Mark also was a reporter, copy editor and sports editor. He earned his journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and master’s in journalism and public affairs from American University. He and his wife Pamela live in Occoquan, Va., where they enjoy their four grandchildren.