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Energy Today – July 8, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 8, 2013

Reason - The Top Five Lies About Fracking

 Science writer Ronald Bailey highlights five falsehoods about hydraulic fracturing, from flaming faucets to water contamination. “Over 500,000 gas wells are currently operating in the United States,” Bailey writes. “Most of them manage to avoid blowing up houses, poisoning drinking water, making it hard to breathe, causing cancer...”

 Fuel Fix BlogOil to Flow Through Keystone XL’s Southern Leg This Year

 While the northern leg of the pipeline is going on five years waiting on approval from the Obama administration, the southern portion of the project is nearing completion. By the end of the year, the pipeline is expected to carry up to 700,000 barrels of oil per day from Cushing, Okla., to the coast of Texas.

 NPR Shale Gas Surge Keeps Utility Bills Lower for PA Consumers

 Pennsylvania’s surge in hydraulic fracturing has helped keep prices low for consumers, writes State Impact PA. According to data from UGI Penn Natural Gas, the average monthly residential bill through June was $96.67 – more than 30 percent less than it was five years ago.

 Council on Foreign RelationsThe Case for Allowing U.S. Crude Oil Exports

 CFR’s Blake Clayton argues that federal lawmakers should end the ban on exporting crude oil produced in the United States: “Removing all proscriptions on crude oil exports, except in extraordinary circumstances, will strengthen the U.S. economy and promote the efficient development of the country's energy sector.”

 HamptonRoads.comUnlock Energy Potential for Virginia and Nation

 National Ocean Industries Association's President Randall Luthi highlights recent legislation that would open waters off the Virginia coast to oil and natural gas development. “Opening the Outer Continental for production would sustain 1.2 million jobs and generate $1.3 trillion over the next 30 years,” Luthi writes. 


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.