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STATEMENT FROM SECRETARY OF ENERGY HAZEL R. O'LEARY REGARDING THE NPC REFINING STUDY

 HOUSTON, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Secretary of Energy Hazel R. O'Leary in response to receiving a report from the National Petroleum Council related to the nation's refining industry.
 "I very much want to thank Chairman Ray Hunt and the membership of the National Petroleum Council for the fine work that they have done in analyzing the current and future trends in the nation's refining industry. We are fortunate to have such a diverse group of experts -- representatives from all sectors of the petroleum industry -- advising on matters relating to natural gas and oil.
 "We will use this report in discussions with Environmental Protection Administrator Carol Browner as we work to identify cost effective ways to meet our administration's stated environmental objectives. The department will also coordinate an effort to provide a forum for those involved in this two-year study to have an open dialogue with the Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and others within this administration who play a role in overseeing our nation's refining industry.
 "I have also directed Deputy Secretary Bill White and his task group working on the administration's domestic natural gas and oil initiative to review the complete study and consider the implications of its findings and recommendations in developing their upcoming report.
 "This refinery study is another example of the quality analytical work that can be produced when government and private interests come together to concentrate on common goals.
 "The character of the refining industry will change over the course of the next few years to meet the new standards designed to protect our environment. While we are aware of the challenges that such change will bring, we are also anxiously awaiting the very unique opportunities that will result as a product of this changing culture."
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 /CONTACT: Joey Lucas of the U.S. Department of Energy, 202-586-5806/


CO: U.S. Department of Energy ST: District of Columbia, Texas IN: OIL SU: EXE

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