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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.

Devon Energy presents $250,000 for Petroleum Museum update

Aug. 25–Devon Energy on Wednesday put a price tag on its corporate philosophy of supporting the communities where it operates, including education. The Oklahoma City-based company presented $250,000 to the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum’s capital campaign to fund a comprehensive update of the museum’s facilities. “This all ties to our corporate philosophy of supporting education-focused organizations,” said Don Webb, Devon’s ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Train derails near Casselton

A train derailed Thursday evening just west of Casselton, North Dakota at 5:34 p.m. according to Forum News Service. A BNSF train hauling lumber struck a propane tank, according to Cass County Sgt. Tara Morris. No injuries or fire have been reported. On December 30, 2013 a train was derailed just west of Casselton ND, causing not only a flux ...

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Shale Plays Exclusive: Interview with ND Republican Party Executive Director Jason Flohrs

As November 5th approaches, both Democrats and Republicans are scrambling to reach constituents about the importance of voting in the midterm elections. Historically, midterm elections procure a lower turnout, but this November, getting out to vote is more important than ever before. Voters are faced with big decisions on the ballot that could drastically affect the not only the oil ...

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EDITORIAL: A “no” on measure 5


Everybody likes parks, clean water and wildlife. But let’s stop and think. What’s really the best way to fund conservation efforts in North Dakota? Measure 5 would affect not only the oil and gas industry in North Dakota, but citizens statewide. It would collect five percent from the oil extraction tax, amounting to $150 million per year, and set it ...

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Occidental plans to sell $3 billion Bakken assets

According to Bloomberg today, Occidental Petroleum Corp. (OXY) is seeking a buyer for its North Dakota oil assets. The asking price: $3 billion. Occidental, whose holdings in the Bakken equal about 335,000 acres, hopes to “pursue strategic alternatives” to the Bakken holdings, according Melissa Schoeb, an Occidental spokeswoman. Although business is booming in the Bakken, Occidental’s holdings there are primarily ...

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Natural Resource Partners LP makes $340 million Bakken, Three Forks acquisition


Natural Resource Partners LP (NRP) announced yesterday in a press release that it will acquire non-operated interests in oil and gas properties in the Bakken and Three Forks shale plays in North Dakota from an affiliate of Kaiser-Francis Oil Company. The $340 million deal affects holdings in the Sanish Field in Mountrail County, currently operated by Whiting Petroleum Company. Wyatt ...

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North Dakota hosted buyers from 15 countries during 8th Annual Big Iron IVP

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North Dakota hosted more than 75 international visitors from 15 countries in September as part of the Big Iron International Visitor’s Program, the international portion of the Big Iron Farm Show that connects North Dakota agribusinesses with international buyers.  The program, which ran Sept. 8-11, is facilitated by the North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) and the US Commercial Service. “North ...

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Facilities design summit addresses growing industry needs


Mary Schimke | Shale Plays Media As the shale boom continues across the US, oil and gas companies must prepare for changes to accommodate higher production and expanding development. Facilities design is a key part of this change. An explosion of onshore, unconventional activity has meant that greater focus is being placed on costs, design and lead times of production, gathering, and handling facilities to accommodate expanding ...

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Radiant Oil & Gas acquires 1,000 acres in Louisiana


Mary Schimke | Shale Plays Media Houston-based Radiant Oil & Gas has decided to jump on the new trend of re-drilling abandoned oil wells. As part of the business strategy associated with the recent acquisition of 1,000 acres in St Mary Parish in Louisiana, Radiant has identified 21 places where the company can re-drill abandoned wells in addition to drilling ...

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Glaive Software provides more than directions for drilling


Directional drilling is the driving force that made the current oil and gas boom possible. It allows the ability to drill multiple wells horizontally across a formation, in different directions from one site, and tap into a wealth of oil and gas has reduced costs and maximized profits. Drill Right, an Oklahoma-based oilfield services company, is making leaps and bounds ...

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