Sen. Markey Presses Commerce Secretary on Crude Oil Exports

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July 23, 2014, 12:09 p.m.

4:09 p.m. — Mas­sachu­setts Demo­crat Ed Mar­key is speak­ing with Com­merce Sec­ret­ary Penny Pritzker Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon about the na­tion’s crude oil ex­port ban and re­cent fed­er­al de­cisions that ap­pear to have softened it, a Mar­key aide said. The dis­cus­sion comes sev­er­al weeks after Mar­key, who fa­vors main­tain­ing the dec­ades-old ban, wrote to Pritzker seek­ing more in­form­a­tion about Com­merce Dept. de­cisions to al­low two com­pan­ies to ex­port an ul­tr­a­light form of crude oil called con­dens­ate that has been min­im­ally pro­cessed. Mar­key and Sen. Robert Men­en­dez ar­gued in the let­ter that the Com­merce ac­tion may have run afoul of laws that pre­vent crude ex­ports un­der most cir­cum­stances. — Ben Ge­man


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