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Energy Today – August 5, 2013

hydraulic fracturing  Economy  jobs 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 5, 2013

Philly.com – Natural Gas Surge a Blessing for Pa.

The Marcellus Shale has the potential to provide a quarter of America's natural gas by 2020, writes Kevin Colosimo. Another bonus of shale development in the state: Jobs. Thanks to hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus, the oil and natural gas industry has hired more than 150,000 new employees in the past three years – three-quarters of them Pennsylvania residents.

Fuel Fix BlogEnergy Rigs in U.S. Cap Longest Streak of Gains in Two Years

Baker Hughes’ national oil and natural gas rig count reached 1,782, the most since December. The resurgence in energy production helped the U.S. meet 87 percent of its energy needs in the first four months of 2013, on pace to be the highest annual rate since 1985, notes the blog. A large portion of this increase is thanks to hydraulic fracturing and shale development in the Marcellus Shale play. 

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Energy Today –August 2, 2013

lng exports  hydraulic fracturing  keystone xl 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 2, 2013

The Hill – Time to Get Serious About Exporting Natural Gas

In a guest editorial, Southern Methodist University’s Bernard Weinstein argues for U.S. natural gas exports. Weinstein notes a study that found that "boosting exports would decrease the U.S. trade deficit by between $11 billion and $27 billion each year… and that continued development of domestic shale gas resources could create 1.7 million jobs in the United States by 2020."

Centre Daily News – Illinois College Offering Courses on Oil and Natural Gas

Southeastern Illinois College will begin offering two new oil and natural gas programs in January 2014. This comes after Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation allowing hydraulic fracturing in the state last month.

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Study: America’s Energy Reality – Energy Is Driving the Resurgent Economy

economic growth  job creation  jobs 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 1, 2013

API’s Jack Gerard announced a new PwC study on the economic impacts of the oil and natural gas industry in 2011, the most recent year for which comprehensive data is available. 

During a conference call with reports, Gerard noted that in 2011 the industry supported more than 9.8 million jobs – that’s 600,000 more jobs than it supported just two years earlier. Gerard:

“The PwC report confirms what we already know: America’s 21st century energy revolution is driving our resurgent economy.”

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Energy Today –August 1, 2013

hydraulic fracturing  keystone xl  innovation  technology 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted August 1, 2013

EIA Energy Today – Proved Reserves of Crude Oil and Natural Gas in the United States Up Sharply in 2011

For the second year in a row, U.S. set a record increase for crude oil production in 2011 – rising 15 percent to the highest level since 1985. Natural gas production was also up 10 percent. Shale developing states led the increase.

AIE Ideas Carpe Diem Blog – Shale Revolution: U.S. Was the World’s No. 1 Petroleum Producer in April for the Sixth Straight Month

America’s shale revolution continues to perform – for the sixth month in a row America: a) took the top spot as the No. 1 petroleum producer in the world, and b) produced more petroleum than the combined output of all of the countries in Europe, Central America, and South America.

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Williamsport: American Energy, Local Jobs

hydraulic fracturing  natural gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 31, 2013

In Williamsport, shale development is boosting the economy of Lycoming County and providing family sustaining jobs for local entrepreneurs: 

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Energy Today – July 31, 2013

hydraulic fracturing  natural gas  fuels  keystone xl  ohio  utica shale 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 31, 2013

Oil and Gas JournalStudy: U.S. Unconventional Plays Will Help Reduce Imports from Abroad

According to a new Wood Mackenzie study, unconventional oil and natural gas plays will continue to drive US and Canadian production for years. The Bakken and Eagle Ford shale plays are expected to account for more than half of anticipated North America tight oil production volumes of more than 5 million barrels per day by 2019.

CNN MoneyFord to Offer F-150 That Runs on Natural Gas

Ford’s best-selling truck is set to roll out of factories in 2014 with a new option: the pickup can run on liquefied natural gas. The lower cost of natural gas – about the equivalent of $2.11 per gallon of gasoline – means that “customers will be able to save money within 24 to 36 months of ownership, even though they will have to pay nearly $10,000 more for the option.” 

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VIDEO: Creating Jobs, Protecting the Land

hydraulic fracturing  natural gas  marcellus 

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: 

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Energy Today – July 30, 2013

keystone xl  hydraulic fracturing  fracking  utica shale  texas  ohio 

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. 

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Williamsport: An Energy Boom Town

jobs  Economy  natural gas  hydraulic fracturing  fracking 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 29, 2013

Below is the first in a series of videos from Williamsport, Pa., where shale development through hydraulic fracturing technologies is bringing benefits to families and to the community. In the first, local business owners talk about the economic boost that the development of energy from shale is bringing to Pennsylvania: 

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Energy Today – July 29, 2013

ethanol  rfs34  oil  keystone xl  jobs  hydraulic fracturing  natural gas 

Mary Leshper

Mary Schaper
Posted July 29, 2013

Boston Herald – End Ethanol Madness

In an editorial, the Boston Herald notes recent hearings by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The paper argues that the “mandate should be ended.”

Dallas Business JournalDallas Firm Uses Solar to Power West Texas Oil Rigs

A sign of a true “all-of-the-above” energy policy, one Dallas energy firm is using a solar generator to power oil and natural gas rigs in West Texas.  The system has batteries which can store up to 24 hours worth of power.

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