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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.

OBAMA LEGACY: Quiet but big changes in energy, pollution

solar panel, Obama legacy, clean energy

HANGZHOU, China (AP) — Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the United States has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its energy during Barack Obama’s presidency, slicing the nation’s output of polluting gases that are warming Earth. As politicians tangled in the U.S. and on the world stage, the U.S. slowly but surely ...

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Pipeline operator Enbridge to buy Spectra Energy for $28B

Enbridge oil

NEW YORK (AP) — Canada’s Enbridge is buying Houston-based Spectra Energy for about $28 billion, creating North America’s largest energy infrastructure company. Both companies operate pipelines that deliver oil and natural gas. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, Spectra Energy shareholders will receive 0.984 a share of the combined company, or about $40.33 for each Spectra Energy share ...

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Oil minister: Iran backs OPEC moves geared toward stability

OPEC, Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s oil minister says his country would support any decision by the oil producing group of nations that seeks to stabilize the oil market, Iranian state TV reported on Tuesday. The remarks by the minister, Bijan Namdar Zangeneh, came after talks with OPEC chief Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo on Tuesday in Tehran. According to Zangeneh, most OPEC ...

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5,300-gallon oil spill being cleaned in south Louisiana

oil spill Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says a south Louisiana pipeline has been secured and authorities are investigating what caused roughly 5,300 gallons of crude oil to leak near Bay Long. The Coast Guard in New Orleans received a report Monday about the leak from a pipeline owned by Harvest Pipeline Company. The pipeline was struck by a Great ...

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Corps won’t oppose tribe’s request to stop work on pipeline

pipeline protest, Dakota Access

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers won’t oppose the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s request for a temporary work stoppage on part of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The tribe has requested a halt to the construction of a 2-mile stretch of the pipeline near Lake Oahe, North Dakota, to prevent the destruction of sacred and culturally significant sites. ...

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The Latest: Over 107K in Georgia lose power due to Hermine

Hermine, storm, Florida

CARRABELLE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Hermine (all times local): 11:45 a.m. More than 107,000 customers were reported without power across Georgia as crews worked to repair damage left by Hermine. Georgia Power reported on its online outage map shortly before noon Friday that about 30,000 were in the Savannah area and more than 20,000 others were in the ...

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Amidst protests, Energy Transfer sells shares of Bakken Pipeline

On Monday South Dakota regulators approved the construction permit for the Dakota Access Bakken oil pipeline.

In the midst of protests across North Dakota and Iowa in recent weeks, Energy Transfer Partners  (ETP) and Sunoco Logistics (SXL) announced an agreement to sell 36.76% of the Bakken Pipeline Project, according to Iowa’s Chronicle Times on August 31. The two companies have agreed to sell their shares to MarEn Bakken Company LLC, jointly owned by Marathon Petroleum Corporation ...

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Jonesville ex-clerk arrested for stealing utility payments

theft, money, dollar

JONESVILLE, La. (AP) — A former Jonesville utility clerk has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $25,000 in electricity payments by town residents. Attorney General Jeff Landry says Leigh Ann Ingram was arrested Wednesday on charges of theft, malfeasance in office and computer fraud. Landry says the 47-year-old Jena resident diverted cash from the Catahoula Parish town’s ...

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Appeals court: State can weigh impact of gas drilling wells

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania appeals court says state environmental regulators can continue weighing the effects gas drilling wells have on public and natural resources. The court ruled Thursday in favor of the state Department of Environmental Protection and against the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association. The industry group includes hundreds of members mainly involved in conventional drilling ...

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US takes key step to implement sage grouse conservation plan

A Greater Sage Grouse seen flaunting its tail feathers. (Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — Federal land managers have issued new guidelines that will help determine what restrictions are imposed on oil and gas drilling, livestock grazing and other activities in the West to protect the greater sage grouse. The guidelines released Thursday are part of a broader effort to save the distinctive bird without resorting to the Endangered Species Act, which ...

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