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Crude oil tank cars. As wells pump crude out of North Dakota and Texas in the biggest oil boom since the 1970s, foreign markets are singing siren songs to oil producers and their allies in Congress.
(Photo courtesy of Roy Luck)
case June 25, 2015

Daylighting Decisions On America’s Energy Future

Earthjustice, on behalf of Sightline Institute, has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration in hopes of daylighting information behind crucial federal energy policy decisions. The groups submitted a Freedom of Information Act request in February 2015 to the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) seeking details on BIS’s criteria for…

document June 25, 2015

Complaint: Sightline, Earthjustice Sues Obama Administration over Crude Oil Exports and Illegal Secrecy

Groups move forward on unanswered FOIA request from February

Press Release June 24, 2015

Sightline, Earthjustice Sue Obama Administration over Crude Oil Exports and Illegal Secrecy

Lawsuit follows unanswered FOIA request filed in February. Export Administration Act no longer shields BIS from answering such inquiries.

The Bureau of Industry and Security enforces our “short supply” export controls of U.S. resources, including crude oil.
(Anan Kaewkhammul / Shutterstock)
Article March 12, 2015

Federal Agency Quietly Allows Oil to Leak Through Crude Export Ban

While Congress debates whether we should keep the crude oil export ban, a highly secretive federal agency decided to erode the ban on its own, without public input.

document February 9, 2015

Freedom of Information Act Request: Public Interest Groups File FOIA Request with U.S. Dept. of Commerce for Crude Oil Export Ban Exceptions

Groups seek details on Department of Commerce's criteria for approving exceptions to the nation’s crude oil export ban