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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.

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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Use more energy? One reason why America would benefit

manufacturing, energy, jobs

The recent discussion around energy typically ends with a statement about how Americans, and people globally, ought to cut down on energy usage in order to curb climate change and change the energy industry. But a recent article by Marita Noon, from Townhall, says the opposite is true. The title of the article is “America Needs to Use More Energy, Not Less.” ...

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Iran makes $6 billion deal with Total, CNPC

total SA, Iran

According to the Wall Street Journal, Iran plans to sign a preliminary $6 billion deal with Total SA on Tuesday to help develop an onshore gas field. The move by Total is the first return by a Western energy company since sanctions were lifted this year. Total was long one of the most active Western oil companies in Iran, and ...

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Reports says fracking ban would hurt PA jobs

stop fracking (Image: Mary Crandall) Flickr

Any federal ban on fracking for oil and natural gas would cause fuel prices to surge, leading to job losses, higher electricity and gasoline costs and an increased cost of living, especially in top gas-producing states like Pennsylvania, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said in a report issued on Friday. Four days before the presidential election, the Chamber’s report focused ...

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Still a seesaw: rig count up, oil futures down

rig count, Baker Hughes

We report the Baker Hughes rig count every week, and typically we find straightforward numbers from sources such as the Associated Press. But today, we bring you a snippet from OilPrice.com’s article. The description is absolutely priceless. For the oil markets, this week has been nothing short of a Tea Cup ride at some rinky-dink traveling fair, operated by some ...

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Customer Service is More Than Just Being Nice; If Done Right, It Can Save Your Customers Big Bucks

Light Tower Rentals, customer service

By Jeff Miller At LTR, our core values are Safety, Customer Service, Integrity, Teamwork, and Accountability.  Safety is the focus of every job at Light Tower Rentals (LTR).  It starts at the office, continues at the jobsite, and really never finishes.  Safety is priority one, because if you don’t have a safe work environment, you won’t have customers.  Without customers, ...

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US rig count up 4 this week to 557; North Dakota gains 5

South Texas oil drilling rig 4

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 4 this week to 557. A year ago, 775 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 441 rigs sought oil and 114 explored for natural gas ...

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In governor’s race, Cole misses straight-ticket tie to Trump

West Virginia State capitol building in Charleston. (Image: Noel Benadom via Flickr)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia’s Republican candidate for governor admits he didn’t help himself by ending straight-ticket voting, which could have let him ride Donald Trump’s coattails into office in a state where the GOP presidential nominee remains popular. As the state Senate’s new president two years ago, following eight decades of Democratic control, Bill Cole made the bill ...

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Study: Coal ash not culprit for cancer-causing contaminant

An example of coal ash collected following cleanup of Duke Energy's coal ash waste. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A cancer-causing heavy metal found in water wells near coal ash pits and other industrial sites is much more widespread and naturally occurring than previously thought, university researchers said Wednesday. The presence of hexavalent chromium is more related to volcanic rock found in North Carolina and nearby states than the pits used to store the waste ...

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