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Energy Today – April 30, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted April 30, 2013

BloombergApprove Keystone Now

Bloomberg’s editorial board argues that rather than encouraging more study on the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama should “now prod the State Department to move as fast as possible” to approve the project.

AEI Carpe Diem BlogTexas Oil Output Continues

Mark J. Perry writes, “The exponential increase in Texas oil production over the last several years is nothing short of phenomenal, and is a direct result of … game-changing drilling technologies in America that have now revolutionized the nation’s production of shale oil.”

Daily CallerFracking Doesn’t Pose Health Risks

“No documented instances of adverse health effects have been linked to fracking, nor have any occurrences of groundwater contamination been confirmed from the more than 1 million wells that have been hydraulically fractured over the past 50 years,” writes Dr. Elizabeth Whelan, the president of the American Council on Science and Health.

Bloomberg BusinessweekCelebrity Tour Notwithstanding, Fracking Not To Blame

In January, an anti-fracking bus tour featuring Yoko Ono and Susan Sarandon and filmmaker Josh Fox visited Franklin Forks, Pa., stoking claims that methane from natural gas development was tainting water wells in the area. Not so, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.  

ForbesWhich State Pays the Most in Gasoline Taxes?

Kelly Phillips Erb writes about the states where residents pay the most in state gasoline taxes – New York, California and Hawaii – and recent polling showing Americans wouldn’t embrace an increase in the federal gasoline tax, an issue that continues to be debated in Congress.


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.