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Mary Schimke is Managing Editor for Energy Media Group. Mary Schimke is Editor at Energy Media Group. She brings to the table 15 years of teaching, editing, and management experience. She graduated in 1999 from Minot State University with a BS in Education and a major in English. She has worked as a freelance editor for several independent clients in a variety of disciplines. Mary is currently a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University studying literary theory, criticism, and writing.

Update: Name released in oil rig death near Killdeer

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By Mary Schimke,  Shale Plays Media Investigations are still ongoing in the death of a 32-year-old man who was killed after a fall from an oil rig west of Killdeer, North Dakota, on Thursday. According to Eric Brooks, U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration area director, Kristopher Barnes of Minot died after being struck by traveling blocks. He became trapped ...

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Report: Gas boom could bring increase in manufacturing jobs to metro area

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A surge in natural gas production could lead to a modest increase in manufacturing jobs in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metro area, according to a report by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The report, released Thursday, forecasts a net gain of 994 manufacturing jobs in the region between 2012 and 2020. The report credits a nationwide demand for pipelines and machinery to produce ...

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Oil trains carrying volatile Bakken crude have local officials preparing for the worst

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The likelihood of a fiery, Quebec-style oil train derailment in the Inland Northwest is considered remote but authorities already have begun planning for the worst as shipments of Bakken crude rolling through Spokane keep growing. “If we have a moderate to severe event, we’re going to be stretched very thin,” said Deputy Spokane Valley Fire Chief Andy Hail. “We’re looking ...

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Oil falls to near $98 as demand crimped

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The price of oil extended losses Friday as seasonal maintenance of refineries crimps U.S. demand and a stronger dollar makes the commodity more expensive. Benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery was down 58 cents at $98.32 a barrel at 0610 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped 27 cents to settle Thursday at $98.90. ...

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Legislative battles show strong Colorado division over fracking

DENVER — Rep. Joann Ginal, D-Fort Collins, asked lawmakers Thursday to fund a study on the health impacts of the onslaught of drilling and hydrolic fracturing close to front-range communities. “Many Colorado families that live near oil and gas sites are concerned, they’re very concerned,” Ginal said. “They want to be heard and I’m listening.” Ginal said scientific data about ...

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U.S., Russia impose dueling travel bans; Obama opens door to Russian energy sanctions

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Thursday sanctioned several top Russian politicians and key business oligarchs with ties to Vladimir Putin, raising the stakes in a blossoming international crisis and opening the door for targeting Russia’s vital energy sector. Three days after targeting 11 of Putin’s ideological allies in response to his plans to annex the Crimean peninsula, the White House ...

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Illinois county’s voters reject fracking measure

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By Bob Downing, Akron Beacon Journal (AP) — Voters in southern Illinois’ Johnson County have rejected a ballot referendum that could have prompted the county’s governing board to restrict a form of oil drilling. The ballot measure involving hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, was defeated by a 600-vote margin. More than 2,220 people voted against the provision, while about 1,600 supported it. The ...

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Ethanol leader praises benefit of renewable fuel on economy

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The ethanol industry is responsible for bolstering small town economies, said Jim Miller, vice president and chief economist for Growth Energy. Miller was the guest speaker at the ninth annual Albert Lea-Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce Agriculture Luncheon on Tuesday. He spoke about the relationship between ethanol and economic growth to about 75 people at the yearly luncheon. Growth Energy ...

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Alaska Senate passes measure to move gas pipeline forward

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JUNEAU — The Parnell administration’s natural gas pipeline proposal, which supporters say could lead to the biggest infrastructure project ever built in Alaska, cleared a splintered state Senate Tuesday on a 15-5 vote over the opposition of four Anchorage Democrats and a single Republican. The liquefied natural gas measure was debated for more than five hours Tuesday with the Anchorage ...

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Former China oil tycoon plots return with Canadian gas venture

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By Chen Aizhu BEIJING, March 19 (Reuters) – A Chinese oil tycoon, who lost his fortune after being jailed for embezzlement in 2007, aims to make his comeback with an ambitious project in Canada to export gas back to his homeland.Gong Jialong, a truck-driver-turned-entrepreneur, ran China’s largest private oil firm in the 1990s before China shook up the sector to create ...

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