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Energy Today – March 25, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 25, 2013

NBC News – Energy Boom Begins to Ripple Through U.S. Economy

In the second part of an NBC News-CNBC special report, John Schoen reports on the economic benefits being felt in manufacturing industries – steel, chemical and plastics – thanks to increased energy development spurred by hydraulic fracturing.

Houston Chronicle – Oil and Gas Industry Shows Demand for Skilled Labor

Regions with shale plays have led the country in job growth  the past few years. The Eagle Ford play created almost 100,000 jobs last year alone. As the energy surge continues in shale development regions, jobs for skilled laborers like welders, pipefitters and other service workers are the most in-demand. The Houston Chronicle highlights how local communities are expanding programs at community colleges to train students for a future in the industry.

The Washington Examiner – America’s Oil and Gas Revolution

The American Enterprise Institute’s Mark J. Perry has an op-ed  about the “huge economic impact of America’s oil and natural gas revolution is having on jobs, manufacturing, the environment, and U.S. competitiveness,” thanks to innovations in drilling technologies – chiefly, the combination of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.

Forbes – Oil and Natural Gas Isn’t Just One of the Richest industries, It’s Also One of the Safest

“The industry does not have to hang its head. In 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.3 incidents of injury and illness per 100 oil and gas workers. That’s compared with 3.5 incidents per 100 for the entire private sector. The U.S. offshore industry experienced an even lower rate of 0.8 incidents per 100 full-time workers.” – Contributor Robert Bradley Jr.


Mary Schaper is a Digital Communications Manager for the American Petroleum Institute. She previously worked on Capitol Hill for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as Digital Director and for Senator Lisa Murkowski. Before coming to D.C., she spearheaded digital strategy for Murkowski's successful Senate write-in campaign in 2010. Schaper enjoys traveling and taking in the local culture alongside her husband, their son and loyal springer spaniel.