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Mary Schaper
Posted March 31, 2015

The Magic of Drilling Mud


TribLive (Blog): I was taken with the mud the moment they told me it could talk.

I had some built-up interest, sure. But its communicative abilities really were the clincher for me.

This is the story of how I explored a drilling rig, discovered drilling mud, and got pretty into it.

It was my first rig tour, where the folks at Consol Energy let me actually climb all over and around the rig and ask their patient rig manager a million questions so I could better understand how it all works. I was, of course, given a thorough safety orientation, was guided around the rig in a very safe and deliberate manner.

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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.