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Energy Today – May 9, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 9, 2013

AEI IdeasThe Economic Ripple Effect of the Bakken Shale Boom

Blogger Mark J. Perry writes about a recent analysis by the Minneapolis Fed that delved into the economic impact of increased shale development in the Bakken area of North Dakota. The report found that counties within 100 miles of the Bakken experienced the next-largest increase in wages and the next-lowest level of unemployment, compared to other counties in the state.

CNBCMarcellus Shale Turns Pennsylvania into ‘Saudi Arabia’ of Natural Gas

CNBC highlights the surge in natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus Shale play. The Marcellus "is at the sunrise of this [energy] renaissance. This is going to be just the beginning of an economic juggernaut for the US and Pennsylvania."

Fuel Fix BlogTechnology Leads to Abundant Energy

Technology is the enabling factor that has led to the abundant onshore supply opportunities in … America’s “unconventional” plays, writes Marathon Oil’s Annell Bay in a guest column. “Advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have helped to unlock massive new supplies of oil and natural gas that previously were inaccessible.”

Midwest Energy NewsUtica Shale Gets Infrastructure boost with New Processing Plant

A sign of the times: A factory that builds natural gas processing equipment opened its doors Tuesday in Youngstown, Ohio. The plant will serve the oil and natural gas industry in the state which has seen a rise in development thanks to hydraulic fracturing. 

Chicago Tribune Why We Shouldn’t Ban Natural Gas Exports

Columnist Steve Chapman writes that with domestic natural gas production booming thanks to hydraulic fracturing, not only will the U.S. no longer have to import, we will actually be able to start exporting. (Subscription publication)


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.