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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.

Trains sidelined over cracks, Philly commuters crowd aboard

Silverliner rail cars

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rail commuters were forced to cope with delayed, packed and fewer trains Tuesday after the region’s main transit agency sidelined one-third of its railroad cars over a structural problem. To adjust to the reduced service, many commuters set their alarm clocks up to an hour earlier so they could still make it to work on time. Others ...

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Regulators agree to sale of 12 Eversource power plants

Merrimack Station, coal fired power plant

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — State energy regulators have approved the sale of 12 Eversource Energy power plants, a move expected to save customers money. The nine hydro facilities and three fossil-fuel plants, including coal-fired Merrimack Station, Newington Station and Schiller Station in Portsmouth will be sold at auction overseen by the state Public Utilities Commission, which approved the sale Friday. ...

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Chevron, Exxon and others to spend $36.8B in Kazakhstan

Eagle Ford news, rig count, oil

NEW YORK (AP) — Chevron, Exxon Mobil and its other partners say they will spend $36.8 billion to develop more oil in Kazakhstan. The project is expected to increase production to about 1 million barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2022. Chevron, Exxon Mobil and its partners are forming a venture called Tengizchevroil. Chevron owns 50 percent of Tengizchevroil. ...

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Ford Explorers investigated for exhaust gas odor inside SUV

ford explorer

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government is investigating complaints from Ford Explorer owners who say they smelled exhaust gas inside the SUV. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it received 154 complaints involving Ford Explorers with model years between 2011 and 2015. One driver said the odor caused a low-speed crash. No injuries were reported. The NHTSA and ...

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AP Interview: Jordan eager to reach nuclear deal with US

Jordan, nuclear program.

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Jordan is eager to reach a nuclear cooperation deal with the United States after a long impasse over uranium enrichment and both sides appear ready to compromise, the kingdom’s nuclear chief said. An agreement would give Jordan access to U.S. technology, including small modular reactors that could fit well into the country’s fledgling nuclear energy program, ...

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Burlington vigil to mark Quebec oil train wreck anniversary

Lac-Megantic Quebec, derailment

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Environmentalists in Vermont are planning a vigil to mark the third anniversary of the wreck of an oil train in Quebec that killed 47. The group, 350-Vermont, says the July 6, 2013 accident in southeastern Quebec highlighted the dangers of the growing use of trains to ship crude oil. The group is planning its event on ...

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Man survives 120-foot fall from Kansas wind turbine

High court allows western Ohio wind farm to proceed

PRATT, Kan. (AP) — A south-central Kansas sheriff says a man who fell 120 feet while working on a wind turbine is expected to survive. Pratt County Sheriff Vernon Chinn says the worker was seriously injured during the tumble onto muddy terrain Sunday morning while he was repairing a blade on a wind generator near Pratt. Chinn says emergency responders ...

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North Dakota gets $240K for pipeline safety programs

Iowa is set to make a decision on the Dakota Access Bakkken pipeline. South Dakota was the first of the four states to approve construction of the Energy Transfer Partners-owned Bakken oil pipeline.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the state $240,000 for pipeline safety programs. The federal funds were granted to reimburse the state for public safety programs, including inspection and enforcement of pipeline safety regulations, incident investigations and corrective actions to improve the safety and integrity of pipelines. North Dakota’s U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp and John ...

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Gas prices falling in northern New England

gas price, gasoline, national average gas price

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices are on their way down in northern New England. GasBuddy surveys show the average retail price in New Hampshire is $2.22 per gallon, down 1.8 cents from last week. The average price per gallon in Maine has fallen 1.2 cents to $2.32. In Vermont, the price went down 1.8 cents, to $2.33. The national ...

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Traffic deaths surged in 2015 as driving hit new record

traffic deaths

WASHINGTON (AP) — Traffic deaths surged last year as drivers racked up more miles behind the wheel than ever before, a result of an improved economy and lower gas prices, according to preliminary government data released Friday. Fatalities rose 7.7 percent to 35,200 in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. That overall rate was significantly outpaced by non-motorist ...

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