Posted May 23, 2013
Richmond Times-Dispatch – Warner, Kaine Introduce Bill to Allow Offshore Energy Leases
Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine want the current offshore drilling moratorium lifted off the coast of their state. Under their legislation, leases for offshore oil and natural gas drilling as well as wind farms could take effect in 2020.
Fuel Fix Blog – W.Va. to launch New Oil, Natural Gas Job Training Center
Two West Virginia colleges are opening training facilities focused on oil and natural gas development. Both schools will house indoor and outdoor laboratories to simulate drilling operations and will offer a variety of training programs to prepare students for jobs in the industry.
The Hill – The President’s Legacy on Energy
Economist Michael Economides argues for the Keystone XL pipeline and for U.S. natural gas exports, noting “nations with abundant natural gas, oil and coal reserves have a marked advantage over others struggling to harness their energy potential or lacking recoverable resources altogether.”
Bloomberg Businessweek – NM Sees Oil Production Jump 46 Percent
New Mexico is one of five western states that helped boost national oil and natural gas production by more than 2 million barrels a day over the past three years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Due to advances in hydraulic fracturing, allowing development of the state’s shale formations, the southeastern part of the state has seen a surge in production.
In an opinion piece, James Glassman writes that “the President is now looking at some of the best cards in the deck – thanks to American imagination, capital, and perseverance. The question now is whether he will squander his good fortune and continue to constrain economic growth in the process by keeping a lid on a once-in-a-century energy revolution.”
Kansas City Star – White House Running Out of Reasons to Reject Keystone XL Pipeline
Breitling Energy’s CEO Chris Faulkner writes that approving the Keystone XL pipeline “would generate tens of thousands of desperately needed jobs right here in the United States, while also putting us on the pathway to long-term energy security.”
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.