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Energy Today – August 15, 2013

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 15, 2013

Say Anything Blog Despite Record Production, State Oil Regulator Says Tax & Regulatory Uncertainty Hurting Investment

North Dakota blogger Rob Port comments on concerns voiced by the state’s mineral resources director: “It’s always been a hard sell to the public at large that North Dakota’s oil boom – the goose laying the golden eggs – isn’t a given. To ensure the boom is something more than a boom-and-bust, the state should be looking at simplifying the tax code.”

The Hill’s Energy & Environment Blog – EPA’s McCarthy: Responsible Natural Gas Production Key to Climate Strategy

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, speaking in Colorado: “Responsible development of natural gas is an important part of our work to curb climate change and support a robust clean energy market at home.”

State Impact NPR Report: Marcellus Production On the Rise As Drilling Rigs Are Down

The Marcellus Shale has become the nation’s most productive natural gas field thanks to hydraulic fracturing. Production in  West Virginia is up 50 percent compared with last year. And Pa. is now producing approximately 10 percent of the nation’s natural gas. 

AEI Carpe Diem Blog – The Renewable Fuel Standard's Impact on Food Prices

Blogger Mark J. Perry writes that the correlation between corn prices and food prices (0.871) from 2000 and 2013 was actually slightly higher than the correlation between food prices and oil prices (0.858). He concludes that since the Renewable Fuel Standard went into effect in 2006, corn, not oil, has driven food prices.

Fuel Fix BlogEIA: Shale Surge Countering Production Decline on Federal Lands

Even as oil and natural gas production has fallen on federal lands, shale development on private lands continues to grow, EIA reports. One benefit of this increase in domestic production: U.S. net oil imports are expected to decline to 7 percent in 2040 if resource recoverability remains high.

NBC12 WWBT RichmondBuses, Airport Shuttles Convert to CNG

Buses in Richmond, Va., and airport shuttles are switching to compressed natural gas (CNG), the station reports. The city-county transit authority  just received its first eight buses and 15 vans that operate on CNG and will have another 21 buses and 15 vans next year. 


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.