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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.

Vermont utility regulator won’t reconsider gas line project

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont’s utility regulating Public Service Board is sticking with its approval of a plan to build a 41-mile natural gas pipeline from Chittenden County to Middlebury despite a 78 percent increase in cost from what was approved in 2013. In a ruling issued Friday, the board said the Vermont Gas Systems has agreed to limit the potential ...

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US added strong 292K jobs last month; jobless rate at 5 pct.

WASHINGTON (AP) — American employers added a robust 292,000 jobs in December, suggesting that the U.S. economy is so far defying global weakness and growing solidly. The strong figures underscore the resilience of the United States at a time of financial turmoil stemming from China’s slowing economy and plummeting stock market. Most economists expect U.S. consumer spending to continue to ...

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Virginia smoothing way from surface coal mining to minerals

BIG STONE GAP, Va. — With coal on the decline, Virginia is making it easier for surface miners to transition to other types of mining. Starting Jan. 15, miners who are certified to work at surface coal mines will also be eligible to work in the mineral mining industry. Until now, the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy required additional ...

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US stocks open higher, lifted by strong job gains

FILE - This Jan. 4, 2010, file photo, shows an entrance to a Wall Street subway station in New York. Strong U.S. jobs data continued to shore up stock markets on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, as investors welcomed the growing certainty of an interest rate increase from the U.S. Federal Reserve the following week. Meanwhile, oil prices slid again after the OPEC oil cartel's decision to not cut production. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK — Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as traders were encouraged by news of strong job gains in the US last month. The gains early Friday came a day after the market had its worst drop in three months. Retailers and technology companies had the biggest gains. Energy stocks rose along with the price of oil. The ...

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All 17 miners trapped in New York salt mine are rescued

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LANSING, N.Y.— Seventeen miners trapped in one of the world’s deepest salt mines were rescued Thursday morning, ending a 10-hour ordeal that began when their elevator broke down 900 feet underground. The workers were descending to the floor of the 2,300-foot-deep Cayuga Salt Mine — nearly deep enough to fit two Empire State Buildings stacked on top of each other ...

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3 earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or more hit northwest Oklahoma


FAIRVIEW, Okla. — Three earthquakes capable of causing moderate damage rocked northwestern Oklahoma overnight, but there were no immediate reports of significant damage or injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey reports a magnitude 4.7 quake hit just before 10:30 p.m. Wednesday about 20 miles northwest of Fairview and a magnitude 4.8 quake struck about a half mile away less than a ...

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California governor declares gas leak a state of emergency

In this Nov. 3, 2015, file photo, provided by Southern California Gas Co. shows equipment being used as SoCalGas crews and technical experts try to stop the flow of natural gas leaking from a storage well at the utility's Aliso Canyon facility near the Northridge section of Los Angeles. Residents who say the uncontrolled leak from a massive natural gas storage field is making them sick plan to speak at a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, and demand a full investigation of the leak, its causes and possible solutions. (Javier Mendoza/SoCalGas via AP, File)

LOS ANGELES — California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency over a massive natural-gas leak that has been spewing methane and other gases into a Los Angeles neighborhood for months, sickening residents and forcing thousands to evacuate. In a statement, Brown said Wednesday that he acted based on the requests of people in the community of Porter Ranch ...

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US stocks slide again as China woes lead to global selling

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NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are moving sharply lower as worries intensify about China’s economy and dropping oil prices. China’s main stock index plunged again Thursday as its currency weakened, triggering the second automatic halt in trading this week. China’s market regulator later said it would suspend the trading halts. The price of oil sank to its lowest level in ...

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US rig count down 2 this week to 698, PA up one

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HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by two this week to 698. The Houston firm said Thursday 536 rigs sought oil and 162 explored for natural gas amid depressed energy prices. A year ago, 1,811 rigs were active. Among major oil- and gas-producing states, ...

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