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Energy Today - May 30, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted May 30, 2013

Washington PostAllow U.S. Natural Gas Exports

A newspaper editorial urges new Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to act swiftly on applications to export liquefied natural gas: “We are confident that any even-handed consideration will lead Mr. Moniz to the same conclusion that so many experts have already embraced: that allowing the country to sell its bounty to the world will leave it and its trading partners better off.”

National GeographicMonterey Shale Shakes California’s Energy Future

With the U.S. government estimating as much as 15.4 billion barrels of oil could be locked in the Monterey play, a state that has been a leader in clean energy could see a different energy future unfold, NatGeo reports. One study found that development of shale energy could add as many as 2.8 million jobs by 2020 and increase tax revenue by $4.5 billion.

PlattsExxonMobil Confidence in Deepwater Gulf Projects Grows

CEO Rex Tillerson says the company is becoming more active in the Gulf because of recent successes. ExxonMobil scored the largest dollar amount of high bids in March’s Central Gulf Lease Sale 227 - $220 million.

Houston ChronicleCyber Security Becoming Top Concern for Energy Industry

An Ernst & Young survey of energy executives finds that cyber attacks and other IT security issues have cracked the list of top 10 concerns for the first time, ranking No. 9. Execs’ top issue, the survey said, is the risk of a health, safety or environmental incident – as it was in the previous survey.


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.