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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.

Oil at lowest in almost seven years on OPEC inaction, strong dollar

LONDON  – Oil prices fell to their lowest in nearly seven years on Monday after OPEC’s meeting ended in disagreement over production cuts and without a reference to its output ceiling, while a stronger dollar made it more expensive to hold crude positions. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) failed to agree in its policy meeting on Friday ...

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Decline in gas drilling softens boom for Western Pa. businesses


John Bruno dresses the industry that revitalized his Waynesburg business district. Mickey’s Men’s Store, which Bruno’s father opened in 1967 on High Street, sells the Carhartt attire, Carolina work boots and flame-retardant clothing that serve as standard wardrobe for the shale gas workers who changed the face of Greene and Washington counties during the past decade. Those workers have kept ...

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Top New Hampshire officials oppose pipeline

CONCORD, N.H. — Opposition to a proposed pipeline that would cross 17 New Hampshire towns is growing, at least among the state’s top elected officials. New Hampshire Public Radio reports that Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte told constituents Tuesday that she opposes the project because her questions haven’t been adequately answered. The next day, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan told the station ...

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Sanders unveils climate plan to end U.S. oil, nuclear dependence

WASHINGTON – U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders unveiled a climate change plan on Monday that seeks to end the country’s dependence on oil, coal and nuclear energy and could pressure party front-runner Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator’s plan envisions 10 million new jobs in clean energy such as wind, solar and geothermal power. It would ban oil and gas ...

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Managing fatigue to prevent injuries

Tired of hearing about fatigue management? We are a society of people that are constantly tired and stressed, and we struggle with making good decisions about our nutrition every day. Many of us are so accustomed to living with fatigue that it’s easy to overlook how it affects our safety consciousness and puts us and our co-workers at serious risk. ...

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Plant plans get redesign

COLUMBUS — Advances at a pilot plant have been incorporated into the design of the proposed Ashtabula Energy industrial processing plant, slated to be built on Route 531 in Ashtabula Township. Ashtabula Energy, a division of Velocys, a United Kingdom technology innovator for smaller scale gas-to-liquids, built its first commercial facility in Oklahoma City; the Ashtabula plant will be its ...

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Bill to open the door to fracking in Florida moves forward

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida could be opened up to fracking under a bill that would require the Department of Environmental Protection to study and set regulations for the method of oil and gas drilling. A House committee voted 9-3 to approve the bill Wednesday despite strong opposition from environmentalists who said fracking could contaminate drinking water and cause health problems. ...

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Allegheny County budget contains no tax increase

Allegheny County Council tonight approved a $854.8 million operating budget for 2016 that includes no property tax increase. The spending plan, which represents a nearly 1.9 percent increase over this year’s operating budget, passed in a 14-1 vote. Heather Heidelbaugh, R-Mt. Lebanon, voted against it and the $91.7 million capital budget after her amendments to each were voted down. She ...

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House backs sweeping energy bill to boost oil, natural gas

WASHINGTON— Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Thursday approved a sweeping bill to boost U.S. energy production, lift a four-decade ban on crude oil exports and modernize the aging electric grid. The first major energy legislation in nearly a decade, the bill would also speed natural gas exports and hasten approval of natural gas pipelines across ...

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Estero moves forward with fracking ban

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Estero’s village council on Wednesday unanimously moved forward with its ban of the oil and gas exploration technique known as fracking. The ordinance argues that oil extraction methods such as acid stimulation, hydraulic fracturing and acid fracturing — which use chemicals to dissolve rock below the ground — may pose widespread risk to public health and safety. Councilor Katy Errington, ...

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