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Energy Today – March 28, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted March 28, 2013

NPR – Affordable Natural Gas Pumping New Life into U.S. Factories

America’s comeback kid: The U.S. industrial sector is “entering a new era” of growth, thanks to economical natural gas. The reason for this manufacturing renaissance? Innovations in natural gas development, including hydraulic fracturing.

Gallup Politics – Poll: Americans Want More Emphasis on Producing Domestic Energy

Natural gas is the big winner in Gallup’s most recent energy poll which shows that 59 percent of Democrats, 62 percent of independents, and 79 percent of Republicans say domestic natural gas production should have more emphasis in the U.S.

Fuel Fix Blog – Energy Boom Pushes Producing States to Top of Income Growth List

States with increased natural gas development spurred by hydraulic fracturing got a huge economic boost last year: the average personal income in North Dakota increased by 12.4 percent in 2012, compared with 2011. That marks the fifth time in the past six years that North Dakota has recorded the nation’s fastest-growing personal income.

Platts – New U.S. Environmental Rules Could Complicate Proposed Energy Projects

The White House's Council on Environmental Quality is expected to release new standards this spring which energy experts say could hold up the Keystone XL pipeline, LNG exports and possible future drilling in the Arctic and production efforts in the Gulf of Mexico.

Fresno Bee - Monterey Shale Oil Could Bring Boost to Valley 

California's San Joaquin Valley could be the next region to reap the benefits of natural gas development says a new study from the University of Southern California. The newspaper's editorial balls this good news for the Valley in which some areas have unemployment rates twice the state average. 


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.