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Energy Today – May 21, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 21, 2013

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Number of Women Landing Jobs in Oil, Natural Gas Industry Growing

Good news from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Of 3,900 positions added in the oil and natural gas industry nationwide in the first quarter of 2013, almost half or 1,800 were filled by women.

AEI Ideas Carpe Diem BlogThe Most Economically Successful Metropolitan Area in the Country

As a direct result of all the shale oil and natural gas activity in the Permian Basin area of West Texas, the economy of Midland is booming, writes Mark J. Perry. There is also an unprecedented construction surge taking place in the town – building permits in March skyrocketed to 347, which was a 580 percent increase from  a year ago.

Zanesville Times Recorder Free Trade Should Include Natural Gas

A former mayor of Zanesville, Ohio, writes that our country exports numerous products already and “additional economic benefits can achieved if natural gas is added to the list of American contributions to the world economy.”

Washington PostAlaska Announces Plan to Assess Oil, Natural Gas Potential at Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell announced a multi-year, multimillion-dollar plan to study oil and natural gas reserves in ANWR yesterday. Parnell said he is prepared to ask the state legislature for $50 million toward funding a seismic program if the federal government will agree to be a partner.

Bloomberg U.S. LNG Export Potential Gaining Momentum

Liquefied natural gas exports from the U.S. are looking more likely after the Freeport LNG terminal got conditional approval from the Department of Energy last week, analysts from Goldman Sachs said.

Wall Street Journal - Natural Gas Exports, Maybe 

WSJ notes in an editorial that the Freeport LNG terminal approval is encouraging but came with conditional language that could perpetuate uncertainty among energy investors. The newspaper said the approval is important, but "only if the Administration gets its act together. The danger is that the U.S. is lilting into a system in which politicians second-guess markets and decide how much of America's natural gas assets to sell abroad." (subscription publication)

Forbes Why President Obama Will Say Yes to Keystone XL

Contributor Brigham McCown writes that “for 1,705 days, the Obama administration has delayed and sidestepped a decision that is really a no-brainer. It is time to approve the remaining portion of Keystone when it is in the best interests of the United States.”


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.