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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.

Hurricane Matthew: Why evacuation is necessary [video]

hurricane matthew

As reports about the devastation from Hurricane Matthew flood in, no pun intended, we can’t help feel concern for our neighbors on the southeastern coast of the United States. In North Dakota, on the plains, we have wind all the time. People from out of state visit and comment about the constant wind. And we do get occasional tornadoes. But after ...

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Port Fourchon to expand for deepwater rig operations

offshore drilling, Port Fourchon

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The Greater Lafourche Port Commission says agreements have been reach that will advance a plan to develop the Gulf’s first purpose-built, deepwater rig repair and refurbishment facility to service the oil and gas industry. Chett Chiasson, Port Commission executive director, said in a news release the agreement is with the Edward Wisner Donation, granting the ...

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Major work planned on leaky Wyoming gas pipeline

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A pipeline company plans to replace sections of a Wyoming natural gas pipeline that has had two leaks since August. The 16-inch-wide pipeline sprung a major leak 14 miles north of Douglas on Sept. 6. Authorities closed Wyoming Highway 59 for more than two hours while workers shut off the flow. The leaking gas didn’t ignite. ...

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British government OKs fracking at 1 site despite opposition

Britain fracking

LONDON (AP) — The British government has approved fracking at a site in northern England despite opposition from the local county council. The landmark decision by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid Thursday means the shale company Cuadrilla will be able to proceed with plans to develop a site in Fylde, 230 miles (370 kilometers) northwest of London. The government stopped short ...

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Judges ask tough questions in Dakota Access pipeline appeal

pipeline protests, Dakota Access, Dave Archambault

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court panel had tough questions Wednesday for opponents of the $3.8 billion, four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline who are arguing to keep a temporary stop of construction in place for a small stretch in North Dakota. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit already had stopped ...

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In jail, ex-coal CEO says he’s ‘American political prisoner’

ex-coal CEO, mine explosion, prison

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A defiant Don Blankenship declared himself an “American political prisoner” on his blog, blaming others for the 2010 mine explosion that killed 29 men and led the former West Virginia coal operator to be imprisoned. The ex-Massey Energy CEO said this week that he plans to distribute 250,000 copies of the 67-page diatribe in booklet form. ...

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US asks judge to uphold cancellation of Montana energy lease

rig count

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Obama administration wants a federal judge to uphold its decision to block oil and gas drilling on land considered sacred to some tribes in the U.S. and Canada, as industry groups warn the government’s move sets a precedent against energy development. Justice Department attorneys urged the judge in court documents filed Monday to reject a ...

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Pittsburgh Penguins say PPG Paints is taking over arena name

Consol energy center, PPG Paints Arena

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are shifting their arena naming rights from Consol Energy Center to PPG Paints Arena. The move comes as Pittsburgh-based PPG increases its efforts in the retail paint business and Consol, based in suburban Cecil Township, has struggled with financial losses while transitioning from a coal-based firm to one fueled by the future of natural ...

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Report shows Bakken production increases for July

pump jack, north dakota oil production

Oilprice.com recently reported Bakken oil production was up 3,046 barrels per day in July, despite an overall down trend. The report shows a preliminary total of 13,255 producing wells and a current (September) rig count of 33. This compares to an all-time high of 218 in May 2012. The rig count continues to slowly increase. Oilprice noted that over 98 ...

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