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Energy Today – June 18, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted June 18, 2013

Chicago TribuneIllinois Governor Signs Bill to Regulate Fracking

Illinois is one step closer to  hydraulic fracturing after bipartisan legislation regulating the process was signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn. Lawmakers say they hope the new regulations will encourage the oil and natural gas industry to invest in Illinois, helping to create jobs.

Fuel Fix BlogColleges Plan Training for Gas Drilling Jobs

Two colleges in southern Illinois are getting a jumpstart on possible oil and natural gas development in the state. Southeastern Illinois College and Rend Lake College are planning to provide training programs focused on safety and other areas related to  energy development.

ExxonMobil Perspectives A Funny Idea of What “Back In Business” Means

Ken P. Cohen writes that oil and natural gas production from federal lands, including coastal waters, is at its lowest point in 10 years. Citing U.S. Energy Information Administration data, Cohen notes that more than 85 percent of offshore areas remain off limits to oil and natural gas development – a missed opportunity for production, creating jobs, and generating revenue.

Boston HeraldEnd 1970s Ban On Energy Exports as Technology Opens Up Vast Supply

Thanks to such technological innovations as hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. has begun to tap  vast domestic oil reserves, writes Naval War College Professor Mackubin Owens. “Over the next few years, the United States has the potential to increase domestic oil production by hundreds of billions of additional barrels” – with policies that encourage oil and natural gas development.

Forbes The Real Keystone Atrocity: Environmental Hyperbole

Contributor Loren Steffy writes that “contrary to the opposition’s argument, killing Keystone won’t slow the consumption of fossil fuels. Canada will simply find a new export partner, most likely China, which is likely to use the oil with far less environmental oversight than the U.S.”

PlattsBakken Gas Pipeline Would Fuel Manufacturing Growth in Eastern N.D.

A proposed pipeline project that would carry natural gas from the Bakken Shale play in Western North Dakota to the eastern part of the state, Minnesota and Wisconsin would boost manufacturing activity, according to a recent report.


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.