EXPORTS OF HEAVY CALIFORNIA CRUDE AT ISSUE

The issue of exporting heavy California crude oil has independent West Coast refiners and producers at odds. Producers, saying the market for heavy oil is weak, have sought a waiver to federal laws banning crude exports, They convinced Congress to order a study of the issue as part of a 1988 trade bill. Last January a federal task force recommended exports increasing from 15,000 to 25,000 b/d during 3 years for California crude of 20 gravity or less (OGJ, Jan. 22, Newsletter). President Bush

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