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Energy Today - August 6, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 6, 2013

U.S. News & World Report – 'Game Changers' for Job Creation

The National Taxpayer Union’s Pete Sepp notes a recent study indicating the top catalyst for U.S. job creation is oil and natural gas production, particularly from shale development. Sepp outlines the benefits in the study, including adding $690 billion a year to U.S. GDP and creating up to 1.7 million new jobs by 2020.

Tulsa WorldManaging’s Searchable  Database

The newspaper article focuses on a Tulsa company’s management of the database for the FracFocus site that lists detailed information on hydraulic fracturing in each state. "For the first time ever, we have a nationwide database of water use, industrial chemical management, even companies themselves in how they're doing things," says ALL Consulting’s Dan Arthur.

New York PostChoking a Golden Goose - The Mindless War on Fracking

In a guest post, James Panero writes that “Pennsylvania has been wise enough to let the Shale Revolution improve its residents’ lives. New York should follow suit.” Panero argues the enormous economic benefits of shale energy development, noting that “much of that investment is in struggling rural economies.”

Austin Business JournalNew UT Technology Simulates Submersible Oil Rig

The University of Texas’ Petroleum Extension Service now offers an interactive offshore oil rig program that simulates a semi-submersible oil rig. The program is designed to enhance training by allowing the user to  monitor their learning.

Cleveland Plain DealerOhio’s Economic Boost May Come from Shale Gas, Innovation

The newspaper reports that a study of the past decade of labor data finds that Ohio ranks 43rd out of 51 states and the District of Columbia in its pace of economic recovery. Good news for the state: The shale revolution could boost jobs numbers. "We should work as hard and as fast as we can to develop the shale gas industry,” said Edward “Ned” Hill, Cleveland State University professor of economic development. “That's the quickest generator of new jobs we're going to have."


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.