By Laura Barron-Lopez - 01/06/14 05:44 PM EST
The House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to release a report this month focusing on natural gas exports.
It's the latest move by Republicans in the accelerated debate on the nation's booming new fossil-fuel abundance.
So far the U.S. has given the go-ahead on five applications for exporting natural gas to countries that are not designated as free-trade partners.
On Tuesday, Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiOvernight Energy: Obama integrates climate change into national security planning GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase Overnight Energy: Lawmakers kick off energy bill talks MORE (R-Alaska) will issue a white paper of her own on a similar topic, falling under the umbrella of fossil-fuel exports.
The Hill reported in early December that Murkowski was ready to zero in on crude oil exports. Her report will highlight the pros and cons of opening the country's export policy on crude.
Murkowski will release the report during a discussion with the Brookings Institute on the future of U.S. energy security, and trade.