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Wyden: Natural gas proposal coming ‘soon’

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But an aide to Murkowski said the senator’s main focus is currently limited to finding ways to improve permitting to enable construction of needed pipeline infrastructure.

“We are at the level of looking at whether something could be done legislatively and what that could be,” spokesman Robert Dillon said.

Elsewhere in the interview, Wyden reiterates his concerns about the proposed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, which would bring crude oil from Alberta’s oil sands projects across the border en route to Gulf Coast refineries.

The Obama administration is weighing whether to approve a cross-border permit for TransCanada Corp.’s proposed pipeline.

Wyden said “evidence sure indicates that a big part of that energy is going to be exported.”

“For example, of the refiners in the Gulf Coast area, more than half of them are foreign owned. They’re already on the record saying that they’re interested in exporting that. And a lot of the American-owned companies have indicated they want to export as well,” Wyden said, according to a transcript.

“What I want to do is make sure that Americans are able to get . . . energy,” he said.