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Energy Today – August 14, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 14, 2013

National Journal Infograph: Field of Pipes

NJ’s Amy Harder writes that “as Washington fights, pipes meant for Keystone XL collect dust.” The graphic provides perspective: More than 200 miles of pipe worth $200 million sitting  in Gascoyne, N.D. waiting on approval of the 1,700-mile pipeline from Alberta, Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast.

AEI Ideas Carpe Diem Blog– U.S. Oil Output Increased to 24-Year High in Just Two Years

Blogger Mark J. Perry notes a Department of Energy report that found U.S. oil output averaged 7.57 million barrels per day – the highest domestic crude oil output since 1989, and more than 22 percent higher than the same week last year. Perry: “That’s pretty amazing – thanks to advances in drilling technologies, it’s as if we’ve discovered all of Brazil’s vast energy resources right here in America.”

ReutersBakken Oil Output Posts Record Monthly Increase in May

A recent Genscape report predicts an increase in North Dakota crude oil production of 54,000 barrels per day (bpd) from May to June. This month-over-month increase would be the largest reported on record by 13,000 bpd.

Breaking EnergyFixing the U.S. Transportation Fuel Supply Problem

BE reports on EPA’s final 2013 ethanol mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), issued last week, which was unchanged from levels proposed earlier this year. BE’s Jared Anderson writes: “It’s an old adage in the energy business that forecasts are always wrong and miscalculations regarding US gasoline demand growth and advanced biofuel supply growth led to a regulatory regime that is increasingly becoming untenable.”  

CBS PittsburghMarcellus Shale Fuels Job Creation in Pa.

The local affiliate  noted the benefits of Marcellus Shale development and the “enormous difference between the growth in the oil and gas industry and the normal private sector.” According to federal statistics, job growth in the oil and gas industry has increased by 40 percent over a six-year period, while jobs in the private sector have increased by 1 percent. 


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.