Posted May 17, 2013
Free Enterprise – Keystone XL: Real Benefits for the U.S.
Sean Hackbarth notes Keystone XL pipeline developments this week: The House Transportation Committee advanced a bill that would allow construction of the full pipeline – the third congressional committee to do so; Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in New York City touting the project’s benefits for both the U.S. and Canada; and a small business owner in Maryland told the president that businesses like his would get a boost from the project.
The Hill – DOE Approves Natural Gas Export Project
A Texas LNG facility has the green light from DOE for exports to non-free trade nations. DOE noted that project opponents “have not demonstrated that the requested authorization would be inconsistent with the public interest.”
The Sunday Dispatch – Marcellus Shale Helps Rural Hospital Become Cutting-Edge
Thanks to support from local oil and natural gas companies in the Marcellus Shale region, one hospital gained funding needed to expand the facility – nearly doubling its square footage and adding new technology to assist patients.
Who will gain from increased natural gas production? Responding to an article critical of natural gas development, former Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael Krancer argues that continued hydraulic fracturing will have broad benefits for consumers and won’t endanger the environment.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection awarded $6.7 million in grants this week to 18 organizations. The grants are funded bythe $206 million in impact fees from energy development in the Marcellus Shael.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.