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Energy Today – May 13, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 13, 2013

Associated Press Natural Gas Export Plans Stir Debate

The AP highlights describes the  natural gas export debate, which is being driven by an abundance of domestic supply. Sen. Ron Wyden, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said officials should seek a "sweet spot" for LNG exports — allowing enough to spur drilling and increase gas supplies, but not enough to create export-driven price hikes.

Free Enterprise Interior Secretary: Hydraulic Fracturing is "Essential"

Free Enterprise’s Sean Hackbarth recaps Secretary Sally Jewell’s recent testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee during which she stated that hydraulic fracturing is an “essential technology” that “can be done safely and responsibly.”

The Post-Journal Hydraulic Fracturing Is An Economic Necessity

“By allowing hydraulic fracturing to move forward in New York … we'd be putting family and friends back to work, boosting our own economy, writes Machias, N.Y. resident Janice Miller.

Forbes Old Technology Fuels new Energy Boom

Forbes contributor Richard Martin writes that innovations in the oil and natural gas industry are not “new technologies,” but exciting innovations. “The technologies underlying today’s petro-boom are not new at all; they are innovative applications and refinements of technology that has existed for decades.”


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.