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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.

Court orders feds to turn over Idaho nuclear waste documents

Residents of Rugby, North Dakota are weary of a proposed plan to dispose of radioactive nuclear waste in a nearby 3-mile-deep borehole. (Image: Green MPs via Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Department of Energy to make available to the court documents sought by former Idaho Gov. Cecil Andrus involving nuclear waste shipments to eastern Idaho. U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill on Monday ordered the agency to produce the documents within a week so Winmill can determine whether to ...

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Kasich order creates hotline for oil and gas emergencies

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) has ordered creation of a single-call notification system for oil-and-gas emergencies and authorized two state departments to start setting it up. An order Kasich signed Tuesday follows his veto last year of budget language he found inadequate that sought to streamline reporting of spills of oil, brine and other hazardous substances, ...

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NY nuclear plant scheduled to close saved by new owner

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SCRIBA, N.Y. (AP) — A week after New York regulators adopted a subsidy policy for nuclear plants, Exelon Generation says it will assume ownership of the FitzPatrick plant in upstate New York, saving it from closing. The Entergy Corp. plant by Lake Ontario employs more than 600 people and produces enough electricity to power more than 800,000 homes. Chicago-based Exelon, ...

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Kuwaiti state oil firm says spill strikes onshore oil field

KUWAIT CITY (AP) — Kuwait’s state-run oil company says an oil spill has struck an onshore field. The Kuwait Oil Company says in a statement on Tuesday that workers were trying to contain the spill at the Ahmadi field. The company says the spill struck at its BWD-133 drilling rig. The company did not offer any details on how much ...

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UK coast guards warn sightseers away from oil rig on beach

Transocean oil rig

LONDON (AP) — Police are warning people to stay away from an oil rig that was blown onto a remote Scottish beach in a storm. The Transocean Winner drilling rig was being towed when it broke free of its tug and ran aground on the Isle of Lewis off Scotland’s west coast on Monday. Environmental groups have expressed concern, but ...

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Appeals court: Judge was right to nix oilfield death suit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An appeals court has upheld a judge’s decision to throw out a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a South Dakota man who was killed in an accident in the North Dakota oil patch five years ago. Fifty-two-year-old Joseph Kronberg, of Bison, South Dakota, was electrocuted in May 2011 when he stepped onto a ...

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Man waiting for late father’s Wah Chang compensation

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CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — As of last week, 219 current or former Wah Chang employees or their survivors had received more than $35 million in benefits as compensation from the federal government for cancers contracted through radiation exposure at the Millersburg metals refinery. Most of them owe a debt of gratitude to Mark Backer, whose petition on behalf of his ...

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Construction permit approved, but fight over environmental impact lingers

coal-fired units

UPPER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A decision by the state Department of Environmental Protection to issue a permit allowing an electric generation plant to convert from coal-fired to gas-fired has drawn ire from environmental groups. Activist groups including The Sierra Club and Environment New Jersey say the permit will allow B.L. England’s plant in Cape May County to produce more ...

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Welspun awarded $47 million contract for Diamond Pipeline

EIA forecasts short-term energy output

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Welspun Tubular says it’s received a $47 million order to help build a 440-mile pipeline that will carry oil from Cushing, Oklahoma, to Memphis, Tennessee. Welspun and Diamond Pipeline LLC say the order accounts for approximately two-thirds of the pipe needed to build the Diamond Pipeline. The $900 million pipeline will be capable of transporting ...

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Company acquires Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation

natural gas flame

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corporation is being acquired by a privately-held holding company. The Fort Smith company said Monday that it will be acquired by Summit Utilities, which owns and operates natural gas distribution subsidiaries in Colorado, Missouri and Maine. AOG serves nearly 60,000 natural gas utility customers in Arkansas and Oklahoma and has been ...

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