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Energy Today – April 29, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 29, 2013

Washington TimesPa.: High Methane in Town’s Water Supply Not Caused by Fracking

After a 16-month investigation, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection says there’s  no evidence connecting hydraulic fracturing with high levels of methane found in private water supplies in Franklin Forks.

Wall Street JournalImpact Fees Benefit Pennsylvania Towns

The Journal details ways the fees from hydraulic fracturing have been used by different communities. Cumberland Township, a small farming community in southwest Pennsylvania, got $1 million or nearly half its annual operating budget, which it used to buy new police and fire equipment as well as pay for other public needs. (Subscription required for this publication) 

AEI Carpe Diem Blog6 Facts About North Dakota Oil

Mark J. Perry highlights the impact of the oil and natural gas development surge in the Roughrider State. Oil production  has increased more than 600 percent in recent years, and the state currently provides about 11 percent of total U.S. oil production. Oil development is providing royalties to landowners, tax revenues to government and boosting the state’s economy.

Dallas Morning NewsTexas Oil Production Up 37 Percent in February

Texas’ oil and natural gas surge continued to grow in February – to more than 1.5 million barrels a day. That’s a 37 percent rise from last year and 9 percent more than January. (Subscription required for this publication) Local Business Sharing in Utica Shale Bonanza

Shale development in Ohio is boosting growth in businesses beyond primary oil and natural gas activity. Increased investment in shale energy from hydraulic fracturing is lifting the service sector as well as companies involved in paving and excavating. 

Fuel Fix BlogIt’s Time to Export U.S. Natural Gas

In a guest column, the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas’ Bill Cooper writes that America has enough natural gas to satisfy both growing domestic demand and our trading partners abroad.

Times Reporter Colleges Prepare Students for New Jobs in Oil and Natural Gas

Thanks to the surge in natural gas development, more colleges and universities are offering courses focused on the oil and natural gas industry. Two years ago, Zane State University introduced a natural gas engineering technology program to its students. This year, 10 of those students can add college graduate to their resumes.


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.