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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.

Kentucky Utilities, LG&E closing several coal ash ponds


LEXINGTON, Ky. — Prompted by new federal regulations, the state’s two largest utility companies are closing several storage ponds that collect the coal ash burned by power plants. Kentucky Utilities says it will spend $678 million to meet federal environmental requirements involving coal ash ponds. Louisville Gas & Electric will spend $316 million to do the same, by capping its ...

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Analysis: Obama in campaign form in final State of the Union

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama opened his State of the Union speech saying he’d keep it short, in what must have seemed music to the ears of some in the chamber antsy to get to Iowa to campaign for president. At times, Obama looked like he was one of them, eager to challenge biting criticism from Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, ...

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Oil keeps falling. And falling. How low can it go?

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DALLAS  — The price of oil keeps falling. And falling. And falling. It has to stop somewhere, right? Even after trending down for a year and a half, U.S. crude has fallen another 17 percent since the start of the year and is now probing depths not seen since 2003. “All you can do is forecast direction, and the direction ...

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As oil plunges, energy companies cut jobs, postpone projects

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LONDON — The world’s biggest oil companies are slashing jobs and backing off major investments as the price of crude falls to new lows — and there may be more pain to come. Companies like BP, which said Tuesday it is cutting 4,000 jobs, are slimming down to cope with the slump in oil, whose price has plummeted to its ...

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Editorials from around Pennsylvania

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OBAMA’S GUN PLAN: A MIXED BAG, Jan. 5 There’s good, bad and “meh” in President Obama’s executive actions on “gun control,” what the administration calls “common sense” measures to “keep guns out of the wrong hands” through enhanced background checks. The good: A long-overdue provision allowing the names of mentally ill patients to be shared with the FBI’s firearms background ...

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Philadelphia newspapers donated to newly created nonprofit

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PHILADELPHIA — The owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com has turned over the media company to a nonprofit institute in the hope that a new business model will help them survive the digital age and stanch years of layoffs and losses. Local philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, who bought the media company 19 months ago, will ...

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MarkWest Energy Partners’ Scott J. Garner among confirmed speakers at 2016 Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference

Houston, Texas (January 12, 2015) – Hart Energy’s 7th Marcellus-Utica Midstream conference and exhibition will unite the region’s top companies January 26-28, 2016, for an in-depth look at upstream and midstream activity throughout the Appalachian plays. Midstream’s biggest stakeholders are working to make the region a net exporter of natural gas ahead of the rest of the country. Held at the ...

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IHS Names Sourcewater Inc an Energy Innovation Pioneer for 2016

IHS, the leading source of insight, analytics and expertise in critical areas that shape today’s business landscape, has named Sourcewater, Inc. an Energy Innovation Pioneer for 2016. Sourcewater will be featured at CERAWeek, the world’s premier energy industry gathering, to be held February 22-26 in Houston. Sourcewater, a spinout from MIT’s Energy Ventures program, is the first online marketplace for ...

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Arch Coal files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

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NEW YORK (AP) — Arch Coal, which has been hurt by the weakening demand for coal, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday. The coal industry is struggling as electric power companies shift to using natural gas, which costs less than coal and produces less pollution. Other coal companies have filed for bankruptcy protection recently, including Alpha Natural Resources Inc. ...

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Gas-to-liquids (GTL) technologies: A remedy for low natural gas prices in the marcellus shale

The energy industry continues to be astounded by the superabundance of the Marcellus shale, a band of natural gas-rich Devonian shale that stretches across the eastern Appalachian basin. The Marcellus, which produced little gas 10 years ago, currently accounts for about 20% of the nation’s output. The result has been cheap energy prices, spectacular job growth and renewed prosperity for ...

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