POLITICS, ECONOMIC DISTRESS MARK RMOGA SESSIONS
Election year energy politics clashed with economic distress at Rocky Mountain Oil & Gas Association's annual meeting in Denver early this month. Energy Sec. James D. Watkins used the occasion to hail omnibus energy legislation passed by a House-Senate conference committee just hours before he spoke. But not all producers and refiners in the audience shared his enthusiasm for the energy bill, a hard-won Bush administration goal that many Rmoga members doubt will help their industry much.