WATCHING WASHINGTON DOE'S OIL INITIATIVES

with Patrick Crow The Department of Energy is proposing a variety of oil conservation and production measures to soften the effect of lost supplies in the wake of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. Energy Sec. James Watkins said the measures could replace 400,000 b/d of imported oil within 90 days and 550,000 b/d by early next year-nearly the volume of oil the U.S. was importing from Iraq and Kuwait. Watkins said Alaskan North Slope operators have agreed to increase production by 50,000 b/d

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