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Energy Today – July 24, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 24, 2013

National Journal – Ethanol Mandates  Starting to Worry Some Senate Democrats

NJ’s Amy Harder reports that ethanol requirements in the Renewable Fuel Standard are generating pressure on some Democratic senators.  “Mid-Atlantic lawmakers, in particular, are hearing from the poultry industry, which is concerned about rising feedstock prices, and from oil refineries, which are facing increased costs for blending ethanol with gasoline,” writes Harder.

PennLive.comHydraulic Fracturing is Well Regulated

In a letter to the editor, the executive director of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania counters claims by anti-hydraulic fracturing groups and individuals.  “In reality, hydraulic fracturing is rigorously regulated by state agencies and federal laws overseeing oil and natural gas development,” writes Stephanie Wissman. “In addition, strict standards are developed by the oil and natural gas industry in collaboration with specialists who best understand the unique geology and hydrology of their communities.”

Roll CallAlaska Governor Pursues New Strategy in Push to Open Arctic Refuge to Drilling

Gov. Sean Parnell believes a 33-year-old federal law requires the Interior Department to let his state conduct seismic studies to determine how much oil could be found in the  Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. “The debate on ANWR has not kept up with the technology. Why wouldn’t you want to know what’s out there if it has limited impact?” 

AEI Ideas - Carpe Diem BlogEnergy Milestone: U.S. Oil Output Increased by Two Million Barrels a Day in Just Two Years

Blogger Mark J. Perry highlights an Energy Department report detailing the reversal of U.S. oil production after more than 23 years of decline. Perry attributes the change to increased  shale development made possible by new technologies.


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.