Congress and royalties

Braying in Congress about a court decision on deepwater royalty relief looks more like blame-shifting than serious concern for federal revenue.Forty-three senators have sent US President George W. Bush a letter asking what his administration will do about royalty revenue they consider lost (OGJ, Nov. 26, 2007, p. 29). He might start by asking senators and representatives to get their facts straight and learn how to write law.The oil industry has reason to encourage such an effort. Congress is blaming it, too, for a problem that stems—if it really exists—from legislative ineptitude.Authority questionsThe senators wrote Bush after an Oct. 30 ruling in a federal case involving pric...

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