Congressman Mike Conaway Working to Lift Crude Oil Export Ban

Congressman Mike Conaway Working to Lift Crude Oil Export Ban

By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Congressman Mike Conaway is working hard to improve the oil industry. Last week, he helped introduced a new legislation that would lift the ban on crude oil exports. It's a law that's been in the books for over 40 years.

"U.S. producers would be allowed to sell their crude oil into the international market which they're not allowed to now," said Conaway.

Conaway told NewsWest 9 that he's been working to lift the crude oil ban for the past three years. He said that it'll bring a positive change to the oil industry, especially here to West Texas.

"It'll be a positive impact overall because of the increased economic activity, the increased drilling and fracking and all of the other things that go along with it."

The Congressman added that allowing global crude oil exports would not affect prices at the pump. But bringing change to this "outdated" law won't be easy.

"Those of us who represent producing districts clearly get it. We just have to convince our fellow Congressman who don't have any production."

Conaway is remaining hopeful that this bipartisan legislation gets approved and signed into law.

"It's the right thing to do for the oil and gas company and quite frankly it's the right thing to do for the American economy."