The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

VIDEO: Creating Jobs, Protecting the Land

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 30, 2013

In this video, Dan Roupp, a third generation Pennsylvania timber and lumber farmer, notes the safety of oil and natural gas development through hydraulic fracturing in Lycoming County: 

Six years ago, the first well was drilled on Roupp’s 6,600 acres of land in the county. He now has nine natural gas pads and 44 wells – and hopes for more. Roupp on the impact energy companies have had on the environment:

“They’ve been wonderful stewards of the environment. We’ve got food plots, extra grass for the game, and trout streams have maintained their quality. We notice on a daily basis how the conditions of the water are. We eat the fish, we drink the water right out of the streams. They have not changed out water supply or the quality of our water.” 

When asked about those skeptical of the safety of hydraulic fracturing: 

“I will show them the quality of these mountains and the way the forest and the timber and the water and the environment is, and how well these energy companies have been a steward to the ground.” 


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.