Oil company chiefs describe roles on energy task force

Responding to a request from US Senate energy leaders, five multinational oil company executives who testified at a Nov. 9 hearing on oil profits said they were not members of Vice-President Dick Cheney’s energy policy task force early in 2001.Four of the five also said their companies were not represented on the task force, formally known as the National Energy Policy Development Group.The fifth, ConocoPhillips Chief Executive Officer James Mulva, said the group did its work when Phillips Petroleum Co. and Conoco Inc. were separate companies and he was chief executive of Phillips, which also did not participate.Mulva noted that a Nov. 16 Washington Post report said two Conoco offic...

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