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Energy Today – May 1, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 1, 2013

Texas TribuneShale Boom Has Major Impact on Texas' Budget

Increased shale development in Texas has helped business surge in the Lone Star State, providing jobs not just in the industry but across the service sectors. But the most significant effect may be seen in the revenue provided to the state, according to the paper.

Press Connects.comNew York Deserves a Fracking Chance

In a guest opinion piece, Dr. Charles Carpenter points out that as the debate over hydraulic fracturing continues in the Empire State, more than 800,000 New Yorkers are currently unemployed, and since 2001 at least 1.6 million people have left the state. That’s the highest number of any state in the country – but fracking could change that.

National JournalU.S. Has Much, Much More Natural Gas and Oil Than We Thought

In an article on new government estimates showing a two-fold increase in the size of shale oil reserves in the Williston Basin area,  Interior  Secretary Sally Jewell says North Dakota’s “world-class formations contain even more energy-resource potential than previously understood, which is important information as we continue to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign sources of oil.”

Washington PostAmerica's Comeback Kid: Manufacturing

Blogger Brad Plumer notes trends favoring a revival of U.S. manufacturing, including abundant and affordable natural gas developed thanks to hydraulic fracturing.

Billings GazetteEnergy Advocate Supports Natural Gas Exports

Former EPA official J. Winston Porter says in an interview that  affordable natural gas has spurred a renaissance in the U.S. chemical industry. Porter says he has seen no evidence that hydraulic fracturing has damaged water wells and that states are better able to regulate fracking than “one size fits all” EPA regulation.


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.