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Energy Today – July 30, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 30, 2013

Hot AirInfrastructure Improvement, Middle Class Jobs, and the Keystone XL Pipeline

Hot Air notes that if President Obama is serious about infrastructure improvement and creating middle class jobs, he should look no further than approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.

ForbesGeorge P. Mitchell: A Visionary Life

Contributor David Blackmon reflects on the “Father of Shale” George Mitchell, who recently passed away at the age of 94. Mitchell is widely credited for the innovations in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing that have led to the U.S. shale revolution.

EIA Today in EnergyNew Infrastructure Boosts West Virginia, Southern Pennsylvania Natural Gas Production

EIA highlights a “notable increase in natural gas production in West Virginia and southern Pennsylvania” since early 2012. This increase is thanks, in large part, to an increase in infrastructure projects that have made shale development more efficient in the region.

Business InsiderAmerica's Shale Surge in 15 Charts

Business Insider highlights 15 facts on America’s shale surge that has allowed the U.S. to make gains in the global energy market.

WKSUMore Than a Billion-Dollar Investment Starts Up in Ohio’s Appalachia

Ohio has benefitted from the jobs and economic output from the Utica and Marcellus shale plays. Now, a “billion-dollar-plus” operation is starting in Eastern Ohio that will move hydraulic fracturing products across the state and around the U.S. – bringing more investment and more jobs to the Buckeye State.

Fuel Fix BlogTexas Will Continue to Lead U.S. Oil Boom

A petroleum analyst for the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers estimates that Texas will continue to lead the country in shale production. “We would be the 14th largest oil producing country on the planet, if Texas were a country,” Karr Ingham said. “You have the Permian producing 925,000 barrels a day and the Eagle Ford escalating to 540,000 barrels a day – that is just extraordinary.” 


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.