Energy Spokesmen Don't See Key Issues Change / despite Senate Changes

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Though the Democrats regained control of the U.S. Senate, some leaders of Oklahoma's energy industry associations expect t o see few improvements in the industry's health.

"I don't perceive a change on the key issues: on the import fees and other legislation," said William Pitts, president of the Oklahoma-Kansas Division of the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association. "You have to look at the new legislators."

Most of the producing states' senators didn't change, he said.

"I doubt if we really lost that much there (in the Senate). "It's not as much political parties as geography," said Jim Stafford, executive director of the National Association of Royalty Owners.

"We're going to have an educational effort that we didn't have a year ago," Stafford said.

"The Democrats' regain of the Senate is a positive sign for Oklahoma and the producing states in the United States," said Sam Cerny, president of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.

The new group will be more receptive to Nickles and Boren stressing the oil import fee, Cerny predicted.

"Now that we have a Republican governor, we could get serious attention to some of our problems," Stafford said.

A Republican governor "makes the dialogue easier," Pitts said.

Cerny also said input to President Reagan could be more effective with Republican governors leading both Oklahoma and Texas. …