Senators ask EIA to study crude exports’ gasoline price effect

US Sens. Maria E. Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Ronald L. Wyden (D-Ore.) asked the US Energy Information Administration for more information on possible domestic gasoline price impacts from allowing more US crude oil to be exported.

“We would like to understand how allowing unlimited export of American crude oil might affect US oil production and consumption, nationally and regionally; domestic supplies and prices, nationally and regionally, for both crude oil (paid by refiners) and refined products (paid by consumers); and exports of refined products,” they said in a Feb. 3 letter to Adam Sieminski.

Cantwell, who is a senior Energy and Natural Resources Committee member, and Wyden, who chairs the committee, said they also would like EIA to identify transit modes and routes that exported crude might be expected to travel.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

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