03 April 2005 16:45 [Source: ICIS news]
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“We’re hopeful that this is the year that we get a supply-based national energy bill out of Congress,” NPRA president Bob Slaughter told CNI in an interview.
Speaking in advance of the 30th annual International Petrochemical Conference (IPC) in San Antonio, Texas, Slaughter said the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) “has been pushing for Hill action on granting more access to onshore and offshore gas reserves and additional facilities for LNG [liquefied natural gas] and completion of the Alaska pipeline.”
“We’re in a situation,” Slaughter said in reference to growing
Slaughter recently testified before Congress on
“These conflicting policies,” Slaughter told Congress, “are incompatible with continued
Three times in as many years Congress has failed to produce a comprehensive
He said expectations for an energy bill being completed and sent on to the president by mid-year are “somewhat optimistic.” But Slaughter said he expects the House to complete an energy bill by end of April and the Senate to complete work on its version of the major legislation by June or July. “We could see a conference bill come out of Congress by early fall,” Slaughter said, suggesting a bill to the White House perhaps as early as September.
If Congress should again falter in its effort to craft a comprehensive energy bill, Slaughter said he is confident that the urgent demands for natural gas will move Congress to act on that issue alone, even without a larger energy policy bill.
Washington-based NPRA represents more than 450 member companies, including virtually all
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