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Senate Energy to Hold Hearings on CA

Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-AK), chairman of the Senate Energycommittee, yesterday announced plans to hold hearings on theCalifornia energy crisis within the next week. The chairman echoedthe Bush administration’s position that California must take thelead in solving its problem with support from FERC, theadministration and Congress.

January 25, 2001

Senators Urge Clinton Not to Deepen Gas Supply Crisis

In the waning day of the Clinton administration, Chairman FrankMurkowski (R-AK) and four other Republican members of the SenateEnergy and Natural Resources Committee have called on the presidentto refrain from enacting regulations that could put off limits evenmore federal lands for natural gas and oil producers. Such actionwould only aggravate the current gas price and supply crisis, theysaid.

December 20, 2000

Senate to Review Alaska Pipeline Proposals

Chairman Frank Murkowski (R-AK) said recently the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee plans to begin tackling the issue of transporting Alaska’s North Slope natural gas to the Lower 48 market when Congress reconvenes in September.

September 4, 2000

Senate to Review Alaska Pipeline Proposals

Chairman Frank Murkowski (R-AK) said yesterday the Senate Energyand Natural Resources Committee plans to begin tackling the issueof transporting Alaska’s North Slope natural gas to the Lower 48market when Congress reconvenes in September.

August 24, 2000

Critics Already Seek Rehearing of Independence

With the ink barely dry on the final FERC order, state Rep.Frank LaGrotta of Pennsylvania yesterday sought review of theCommission’s decision awarding a certificate to the hotly contestedIndependence Pipeline that would run through his state. Thelawmaker said the Commission should have denied the Midwest-to-EastCoast pipeline project a certificate because the precedentagreements it filed as a show of market support contained “outclauses” for shippers.

July 14, 2000

Energy Security Bill Attached to Appropriations

Senate Energy Chairman Frank Murkowski (R-AK) last weekintroduced his National Energy Security Act of 2000, S. 2557, asan amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriationmeasure now before the Senate. He did so at the urging of MajorityLeader Trent Lott (R-MS), who supports the energy measure.

June 26, 2000

Energy Security Bill Attached to Appropriation Vehicle

Senate Energy Chairman Frank Murkowski (R-AK) last weekintroduced his National Energy Security Act of 2000, S. 2557, asan amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services appropriationmeasure now before the Senate. He did so at the urging of MajorityLeader Trent Lott (R-MS), who supports the energy measure.

June 26, 2000

Industry Briefs

Senate Energy Committee Chairman Frank Murkowski (R-AK) saidthere will be a third mark-up session on electric competitionlegislation on June 7. About 30 amendments have been submitted formark-up so far. “We will have staff work to pare down the number ofamendments, and I will meet personally with Sen. [Jeff] Bingamanand staff to come to grips with the concerns.” Bingaman (D-NM) isranking minority member of the committee. Murkowski cited theextent of federal jurisdiction vs. state jurisdiction as the maindifference among committee members. “Secondary issues are thingslike benefit funds, renewable mandates and nucleardecommissioning…..” He urged committee members to come to termswith the idea of a comprehensive electric bill, adding “I’m notgoing to be the one who kills a comprehensive bill.”

May 29, 2000

Industry Briefs

Senate Energy Committee Chairman Frank Murkowski (R-AK) saidyesterday there will be a third mark-up session on electriccompetition legislation on June 7. About 30 amendments have beensubmitted for mark-up so far. “We will have staff work to pare downthe number of amendments, and I will meet personally with Sen.[Jeff] Bingaman and staff to come to grips with the concerns.”Bingaman (D-NM) is ranking minority member of the committee.Murkowski cited the extent of federal jurisdiction vs. statejurisdiction as the main difference among committee members.”Secondary issues are things like benefit funds, renewable mandatesand nuclear decommissioning…..” He urged committee members tocome to terms with the idea of a comprehensive electric bill,adding “I’m not going to be the one who kills a comprehensivebill.”

May 25, 2000

Murkowski: FERC Should Punish Utilities that Steal Power

Senate Energy Chairman Frank Murkowski last week took anothershot at what’s fast becoming his favorite target — FERC. Hechided the Commission for failing to take punitive action againstelectric utilities that “improperly” took power from the grid lastsummer, which lead to near-blackout situations in the Midwest.

May 15, 2000