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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.

Gas prices drop 7 cents to $2.22 a gallon

gas price, gasoline, national average gas price

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline has dropped 7 cents over the past three weeks to $2.22 a gallon for regular grade. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday lower oil prices and an abundant gasoline supply caused the decline. She says the price is 60 cents less than it was a year ago. The Lundberg Survey found ...

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US rig count up 15 last week to 462

The U.S. drilling rig count is one away from the bottom recorded in 1999. (Image courtesy of Encana Corp)

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 15 last week to 462. A year ago, 876 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 371 rigs sought oil and 88 explored for natural gas last week. ...

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Lawmakers forge gas tax plan; panned by Christie’s office

Vintage gas pumps

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The state’s Democratic legislative leaders announced Friday they have agreed on a new plan to fund transportation projects by boosting the state’s gas tax and cutting other taxes, a proposal immediately criticized by Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s office as containing only “vague generalities.” Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced the proposal a ...

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Canadian energy company says crude oil has leaked into river

oil spill, Saskatchewan river

MAIDSTONE, Saskatchewan (AP) — Canadian energy company Husky Energy says between 52,834 gallons (200,000 liters) and 66,043 gallons (250,000 liters) of crude oil and other material has leaked into the North Saskatchewan River in west-central Canada. Husky Energy said Friday that booms are being used in an effort to contain the spill, which leaked Thursday morning near Maidstone, Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan ...

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Workers: Force majeure at ExxonMobil Nigeria may last weeks

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — The force majeure — or freedom from contractual obligations because of extraordinary circumstances — declared by ExxonMobil on Nigeria’s largest crude stream could last a month because of extensive damage to its 300,000 barrel-a-day Qua Iboe export terminal, workers of the U.S.-based oil giant told The Associated Press on Friday. ExxonMobil has denied that militants bombed ...

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Vermont Gas pipeline hearing to be live streamed, press ok

The Minnesota Supreme Court has given a victory to opponents of the proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Public Service Board says it will live-stream a hearing next month on Vermont Gas Systems’ pipeline project and allow members of the press to attend. Earlier this week the board announced that the Aug. 4 hearing wouldn’t take place in front of the public. The hearing is for legal arguments on whether regulators should ...

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Talen Energy laying off 131 workers at Pennsylvania sites

Talen Energy nuclear power

BERWICK, Pa. (AP) — Talen Energy plans to cut 53 jobs at a central Pennsylvania nuclear power plant, and dozens of other jobs at other facilities around the state. Company spokesman Todd Martin says the jobs will be cut at the Susquehanna Power Plant in Salem Township, near Berwick. That’s about 80 miles northeast of Harrisburg. Another seven workers who ...

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Trial set for man accused of stealing oil patch explosives

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of storing stolen explosives, guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition in his Williston home is scheduled to stand trial this fall on five charges that could land him in federal prison for 50 years. Attorneys for Tyler Porter earlier this month entered not guilty pleas on his behalf, and U.S. Magistrate Judge ...

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Midwest mugginess linked to crops working up a ‘corn sweat’

corn sweat, crops

CHICAGO (AP) — The Midwest’s first dangerous bout of heat and humidity this summer is partly to blame on the moisture piped out of the ground and into the atmosphere by the increasing acreage of corn crops reaching peak maturity, meteorologists and atmospheric researchers say. That muggy mist, jokingly called “corn sweat,” gets blown around the country, even enveloping more ...

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New Zealand invite to US Navy marks end to nuclear stalemate

biden, new zealand, nuclear

SYDNEY (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that the U.S. had accepted an invitation to send a Navy ship to New Zealand for the first time in three decades, signaling an end to a stalemate between the two countries that was sparked by New Zealand’s anti-nuclear policy. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced during a joint news ...

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