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Energy Today – April 5, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 5, 2013

EIA Today in EnergyEnergy-related Carbon Dioxide Emissions Declined in 2012

Thanks to the increase in domestic natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing, U.S. carbon emissions from energy-related sources reached the lowest level in a decade. Emissions have declined every year since 2007, with the exception of 2010.

PE MagazineNew Extraction Techniques are Driving Growth and Demand for Engineers

PE Magazine reports on the dramatic growth in individuals pursuing petroleum engineering degrees thanks to the shale revolution in their April edition. Since 1993, the number of petroleum engineering degrees has increased five times and master’s degrees have more than doubled.

The Fiscal TimesHow the U.S. Blew Up the Global Energy Market

“In 2000, shale gas provided only one percent of U.S. natural gas production. By 2010 that number grew to 20 percent, and some analysts predict it will swell to 46 percent by 2035.”

The AdvocateNatural Gas Driving Industrial Development

“Three, four and five years ago, we used to compete with Mexico, China and Asia for projects. The fear was we were mothballing facilities and they were being shipped overseas,” Chad Burke, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region said. “Now Louisiana is our biggest competitor. It’s a friendly rivalry between the two states because there’s a lot of work to go around. It’s a good time to be in the industry.”

The Energy CollectiveHow Much Water Does Fracking for Shale Gas Consume?

All shale gas wells drilled and completed in the United States in 2011 consumed on the order of 135 billion gallons of water, equivalent to about 0.3 percent of total U.S. freshwater consumption, Jesse Jenkins writes.


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.