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Energy Today – May 29, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 29, 2013

The AtlanticHow Houston Became the Most Powerful Job Engine in the Country

Texas is killing it, reports the magazine’s website A new analysis of jobs recovered since the economic downturn finds that the state’s  largest city stands apart as the most powerful job engine in the country – thanks to its ties with the energy industry.

CNN OpinionMake Sure Fracking is Done Right

In a guest post, the Council On Foreign Relations’ Michael Levi writes that “people are right to insist that [hydraulic fracturing] is done safely, but they're wrong if they conclude that it can't be.”

Washington Times Illinois Edges Closer to Endorsing Hydraulic Fracturing

WT has a recap of the conversation and steps that have been taken by the Illinois  legislature to bring hydraulic fracturing to the state. The newspaper notes that “claims of water contamination … have been disproved by further scientific analysis by state officials.”

The Town Talk Louisiana Shale Play Factors in Plans for New Manufacturing

Thanks to increased hydraulic fracturing in the Haynesville Shale, more than $20.2 billion in new construction-related activities and manufacturing projects are headed directly to the state. These natural gas-induced projects are estimated to generate some 214,670 jobs through 2019.

Fuel Fix W. Pa. Business Finds Niche in Drilling Industry

Fuel Fix highlights the economic impacts of hydraulic fracturing in communities like Clarksburg, Pa., where one manufacturer has found a market for drilling components. It’s an example of how in  many communities, local businesses are  becoming innovators of new technology.

Longview News-Journal Ship It Out: Energy Secretary Should OK Pending LNG Export Plans

In an editorial, LN-J stresses the need for the Energy Department  to approve about 20 pending applications for liquefied natural gas export projects. The piece notes a study commissioned by the  department last year pointing to economic benefits from the export of natural gas.


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.