WATCHING WASHINGTON NES BILL ADVANCES

With Patrick Crow Saving the controversial issues until the end, the Senate energy committee last week voted 17-3 to report out a sweeping National Energy Strategy bill. In a tense 11-8 vote, the committee approved leasing on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain. It also voted 11-8 to delete a proposal requiring oil and products importers to place 3% of their imports in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve or private storage.

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