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Energy Today – May 23, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 23, 2013

Richmond Times-DispatchWarner, 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 BlogW.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 HillThe 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 BusinessweekNM 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.

Forbes Obama has been Dealt a Spectacular Energy Hand: He Should Play It

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.”


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.