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Energy Today – May 2, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 2, 2013

The Atlantic How Oil Made Working-Class North Dakota a Whole Lot Richer

In North Dakota’s Bakken Shale formation, Americans have been able to find high-paying work in the oil and natural gas industry as the state’s employment number grew by more than 35 percent from 2007 to 2011. But another part of this American success story is that jobs and paychecks have surged across industries – including technical services, transport, construction and food services.

Reuters CanadaTransCanada to Build $900 Million Alberta Oil Pipeline, Terminal

Keystone XL opponents claim that stopping the pipeline will keep Canada’s oil sands in the ground. However, as the U.S. waits for President Obama to decide on the Keystone XL Canada is moving forward with plans to move its growing crude oil supplies – and ship them elsewhere.

Washington PostOil and Natural Gas Drillers Make Technological Leaps, While Renewable Energy Industry Struggles

AP reporter Jonathan Fahey writes that “technology created an energy revolution over the past decade — just not the one we expected … in the race to conquer energy technology, ‘Old Energy’ is winning.”

Washington Times Driessen: The High Cost of Zero

In a guest column, Paul Driessen writes on the costs of EPA’s rising regulations – 1,920 and counting. Case in point is the new Tier 3 fuel proposal that “would cost $10 billion in upfront capital expenditures and an additional $2.4 billion in annual compliance expenses.”

The Tennessean Nation Will Benefit From Natural Gas Exports

"Why single out for punishment an industry that has pumped billions of dollars into the economy and the tax coffers to create a century’s supply of natural gas? Let free enterprise be free.” - Energy consultant Gerry Calhoun, guest column.


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.