EXPORT OF CALIFORNIA HEAVY CRUDES APPROVED

The U.S. Department of Commerce has granted the first license to export surplus California heavy crude. The license was granted Dec. 6 and will be administered by Berry Petroleum Co., Taft, Calif., and Eastex Energy Inc., Houston. It allows export of 25,000 b/d of heavy crude produced by independents, representing about 1% of the state's total use.

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