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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.

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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Energy bill divides clean energy groups

wind farm, North Dakota

A massive energy bill in Illinois divides clean energy groups. Members of the Clean Jobs Coalition who have negotiated together for many months over a massive Illinois energy bill have broken ranks after the bill’s introduction Tuesday, with some still supporting the bill, some opposing it, some hoping for pieces to be spun off and others remaining silent. Read more here…

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Palin over Hamm for Energy Secretary?

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin is under consideration for Secretary of Energy.

Oil and gas website The Surge threw around the idea of Sarah Palin as energy secretary. Last week, we touched on the notion of Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources and the “fracking king” of oil and gas taking the post. And while Sarah Palin might have been governor of one of the biggest oil producing states, she said her ...

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Market Realist: Marcellus Shale production stays steady

Marcellus shale gas-drilling site along PA Route 87, Lycoming County. (Image: Nicholas A. Tonelli via Flickr)

The Energy Information Association (EIA) estimates that the Marcellus Shale’s natural gas production totaled 18.1 Bcf (billion cubic feet) per day in October, says Market Realist. That’s only marginally lower than September but up 9 percent from October 2015. Month-over-month, natural gas production growth in the Marcellus Shale has been relative steady in the past year. While the rig count ...

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U.S. rig count declines by 1 to 568

South Texas oil drilling rig 4

Baker Hughes’ latest rig count report shows the number of rigs drilling for oil rose by two this week to 452. Rigs drilling for natural gas was down 2. The total rig count fell by one to 568, still higher than the May low of 404. Total offshore rigs are down 12 from last year at this time. States losing ...

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Permits are up in the Marcellus and Utica

natural-gas-well-pixabay

Across the oil-rich Utica and the natural gas fields of the Marcellus, a slight increase in drilling permits could indicate drillers see hope in further production and development in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Susan Crowell from Farm and Dairy notes that greatest number of permists were issued in Belmont County, Ohio and Washington County, Pennsylvania. Since the shale play was discovered, ...

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Trump election shows promise for oil and gas industry

harold hamm endorses donald trump

The U.S. oil and gas industry shows tentative hope that a new Trump administration will “re-ignite growth in the sector,” according to a Forbes article Friday. Frank Murphy, managing director of RW Baird, said: The 45th president will likely remove regulatory impediments imposed by the Obama administration that have stymied oil and gas drilling and infrastructure buildout. Forbes reported Murphy ...

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Veterans Day 2016 – a short look back

soldier, kids, veterans day

There’s no school. The post office shuts down. Even the federal reserve takes a holiday on November 11th. Why? It’s a “holiday” to honor all service men and women: Veterans Day.   Many forget why the holiday exists. There are few WWI veterans who are still with us. The war that introduced trench warfare and was considered one of the ...

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WSJ: Oil, Coal Seen as Winners With Trump Victory

coal miner, coal mine

Beyond Donald Trump’s advocacy for American energy independence, his stance on specific energy policy during his campaign was often blurry. Today, the Wall Street Journal discussed President-elect Trump’s victory at the polls as a victory for the coal and oil industries. Republican Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president promises relief for U.S. coal miners, a boost for American oil players ...

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Hamm joins Trump’s short list of cabinet prospects

trump, hamm, cabinet

As the dust settles from this year’s presidential election, conversation has already turned to Donald Trump’s proposed cabinet. Big names like Rudy Guiliani, former New York City Mayor, and other “like-minded CEOs,” top the list for positions in Trump’s cabinet. What does this mean for the oil and gas industry? One of the industry’s most prominent businessmen could hold a ...

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