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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.

Top 5 Marcellus Stories of the Week, June 11-17

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Just in case you missed this week’s headlines, here’s a summary of what our Marcellus readers found most engaging this week: Technology is always at the forefront of oil and gas operations. Here’s one way to get around those carbon emissions regulations. What will the future hold? Scientists turn carbon dioxide into harmless stone 2. Those opposed to oil and ...

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Top 5 Eagle Ford Stories of the Week, June 11-17

Transcanada and Spectra Energy are working on pipelines to bring natural gas to Mexico. The pipelines will greatly benefit Texas. Eagle Ford shale to benefit from $3.6B pipeline projects 2. The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by six last week to 414, the second consecutive week the count has increased after a slide that ...

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Top 5 Bakken Stories of the Week, June 11-17

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Doug Burgum’s bid for North Dakota governor came one step closer to reality with his Tuesday win in the primary. The republican candidate stressed policies that stress economic growth and capitalizing on North Dakota’s two most important industries: energy and agriculture. Burgum-Sanford ticket emphasizes energy, economic growth 2 & 3. Two spills in North Dakota this week got lots of ...

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Unemployment rates are far below US level in 16 states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates have fallen to very low levels in a third of U.S. states, a trend that may push up wages in those areas. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate is now significantly below the national figure of 4.7 percent in 16 states. It fell to 3.8 percent in Arkansas last month, the lowest on records ...

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Judge says waste leak from coal plant ponds is ‘alarming’

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

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A state judge expressed alarm at the estimated 200 million gallons of contaminated water seeping annually from leaky ash-storage ponds at a Montana power plant serving customers across the Pacific Northwest — a problem that’s persisted for years after the company and state officials said they were addressing it. A 2012 deal between Montana environmental regulators ...

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Global stocks rebound as Britain’s vote campaign put on hold

LONDON (AP) — Global stocks and the pound rose Friday after gains on Wall Street and as Britain’s frenzied debate on whether to leave the European Union was put on hold for a second day following the killing of a member of parliament. KEEPING SCORE: Germany’s DAX rose 1.4 percent to 9,682 and France’s CAC 40 added 1.4 percent to ...

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Opening statements set to begin in pipeline blast trial

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Attorneys for the government and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will begin presenting their cases to jurors in a criminal trial alleging the utility giant obstructed investigators after a deadly pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area. After several days of jury selection, opening statements are scheduled to start Friday in federal court in San ...

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Oregon officials want a hold on oil trains after derailment

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The fiery derailment of an oil train in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge has state transportation officials asking for a halt to the massive trains because of concerns their heavier weight could be putting extra strain on a certain type of bolt that fastens the rails to the tracks. The Oregon Department of Transportation discussed its concerns ...

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Kerry tours Arctic Circle to see climate change impact

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NY-ALESUND, Norway (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday visited Norway’s extreme north, viewing areas where climate change has melted ice and opened new sea lanes. Trailed by staff and journalists in small Zodiac-type inflatable boats, Kerry and Norway’s foreign minister motored in an Arctic scientific vessel from a research station in Ny-Alesund, the world’s northernmost civilian ...

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Helis Oil & Gas to begin St. Tammany fracking project

COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Helis Oil & Gas is set to begin drilling on an exploratory well for a proposed fracking project near Mandeville. Media outlets report project manager Mike Barham says the company plans to begin moving a 100-foot-tall drilling rig onto the site on June 29. Barham says once the rig is in place, the drilling is expected ...

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