The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

Energy Today – April 2, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 2, 2013

NBC NewsHow the U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Boom Could Shake Up Global Order

In December, for the first time in 40 years, China passed the U.S. as the world’s leading oil importer. And in that same month, North Dakota, Ohio and Pennsylvania – all leading shale development states – produced more barrels of oil a day than Iran exported. NBC News has more on the shifting global impact of American energy.

New York Daily NewsCookin’ with Gas

“In places like Williamsport, fracking has proven to be an economic powerhouse. But not in New York – a state with an 8.4% unemployment rate and well below-par job creation … Cuomo's dithering on fracking is stalling a game-changer for New York's economy.”

Philadelphia InquirerAt Penn State, A Natural Gas Expansion

At Penn State University, enrollment in petroleum and natural gas engineering bottomed out at 30 students in 1999, the newspaper reports. Now the program is preparing more than 500 undergraduates for well-paying, shovel-ready jobs in the industry.

Washington TimesGroundbreaking American Energy Revolution

Thanks to affordable natural gas, spurred by hydraulic fracturing, America is experiencing an "energy revolution," William C. Triplett writes in a commentary piece. But a new presidential executive order could “slow down every pipeline, every industrial plant, every port expansion, every refinery, every highway, every license, every permit, to the point of delaying them for years.” 


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.