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Energy Today – April 23, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 23, 2013

The Hill’s E2 WireInterior Chief Jewell on Fracking Rules: ‘One Size Doesn’t Fit All’

New Interior Secretary Sally Jewell hosted her first a public video chat this week. Jewell, a former oil and natural gas industry engineer, talked about her personal experiences with hydraulic fracturing, saying, “fracking as a technique has been around for decades. … I have performed the procedure myself very safely.”

Bloomberg Eagle Ford Crude Oil Production Reaches Record High in February

Bloomberg reports that the nine geographic fields that make up the majority of Eagle Ford shale play in Texas yielded 471,258 barrels of crude a day in February, a 74 percent increase from last year. 

News MaxClinton Advisor: Fracking Has Cut Greenhouse Gas By 12 Percent

Jeffrey Frankel, Harvard professor and former member of President Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors is quoted as saying that “fracking is the main reason for the 12 percent fall in greenhouse gases in the United States… No other factor comes close to providing a plausible explanation.”

Bloomberg BusinessweekPro-Pipeline Group Collects 33K Nebraska Signatures

Nebraskans for Jobs & Energy, which supports building the Keystone XL pipeline, says it gathered more than 33,000 signatures from state residents in support of the project.

US News and World ReportObama Recycles Old Plan to Tax Oil and Natural Gas

Of the 10 largest taxpayers in corporate America, three are oil companies, writes the magazine. Collectively, the major oil producers paid $96 billion in taxes in the most recent year. Looking at it another way, energy companies paid $3 in taxes for every dollar of profit.

New York PostTribeca Festival Shuts Out Dissent

In a guest column, “FrackNation” director Phelim McAleer writes that  a group of farmers from upstate New York and Pennsylvania were not allowed to view the premier of “Gasland, Part Two” at the Tribeca Film Festival last weekend in New York City after they tried to ask director Josh Fox some questions.


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.