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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.

Will Trump’s policies affect drilling or pipelines?

Oil field, Lost Hills, California (Image: Vincent Lammin) flickr

The election of Donald Trump has thrilled many people across the West’s oil and gas industry who say his promises to roll back regulations will free it from unfair and unnecessary obstacles imposed by President Obama, including drilling in the Western part of the United States. As California “If the Trump administration does nothing but stop being hostile to us, we’ll ...

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Obama’s offshore drilling ban–“Trump-proof”?

offshore drilling

In a historic move taken a month to the day before he hands over the White House to one of the most fossil-fueled administrations in U.S. history, President Obama answered the call of Native Alaskans, coastal residents and climate activists demanding offshore drilling bans, and stuck it to Donald Trump. Obama banned all future offshore oil and gas drilling from ...

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Trump’s picks leave energy industry optimistic

oil men, Trump, cabinet

For those who have been frustrated with the Obama Administration’s policies on climate and energy, Trump’s choices of several oil men for executive positions have those in the oil and gas industry feeling optimistic that change is coming. A Fuelfix article earlier this week reminds us that government and oil haven’t always gotten along. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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Aggreko’s automated power control kit cuts fuel costs

power automation, aggreko

Houston–Power generation and HVAC specialty rental company Aggreko, plc has launched a unique power automation system that eliminates idling and saves up to 65% in fuel costs. The unique technology also reduces emissions, regardless of the fuel source. Aggreko’s scalable power automation systems can be retrofitted on diesel and natural gas generator sets and incorporates a hybrid battery control kit ...

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Natural gas pipelines increase in New England

Pipes laid out for Natural Gas pipeline

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA) Dec. 6, natural gas pipeline capacity in New England increased for the first time since 2010. This is due in part to the completion of two natural gas pipeline projects by Spectra Energy. The Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) project was put into service after approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), with ...

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Beyond Caulking—Practical Weatherization Tips that Last

SPF, weatherization

Baby, it’s cold outside. It’s not just the lines from a famous song. It’s the words that are heard as the cold weather creeps in, and we try to figure out how to keep warm as the temperatures slip lower and lower. But keeping your house warm while staying inside your budget isn’t always easy. As the cost of energy ...

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Corps denies easement for DAPL

pipeline, Dakota Access

Over the weekend, attention in the oil and gas industry was turned to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) protest. Protesters celebrated a standoff near Cannonball that ultimately led to the announcement by the Army Corps of Engineers to deny the easement that would allow the almost complete pipeline to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. Assistant Secretary of the ...

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Texas adds 7 rigs; Dec. 2 rig count totals 597

baker hughes, rig count

U.S. oil producers, especially in shale plays across the region, are likely crossing their fingers that OPEC’s commitment to cutting production will help oil prices to inch higher—and stay there. In the meantime, rig counts have inched up slightly. As reported by Baker Hughes, the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas went up a total of four ...

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OPEC agrees to cut production, US producers prepare to respond

OPEC headquarters

Have you been watching the price of oil? As this story is being written, WTI Crude sits at $51.37, up 31 cents. Yesterday, according to Reuters, Brent crude was at its highest in 16 months. Why the jump? Because the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to its first oil output reduction since 2008. Members pledged to remove 1.2 million barrels ...

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Giving back to the community builds a strong corporate bond

LTR

It is truly rare when you find a company that is more interested in helping others than helping itself.  It takes a leader who believes in paying it forward, and knowing that having a corporate reputation as a company that gives back to the community will pay off in so much more than money. That’s been the case at Light ...

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