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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, Denbury, Shell and Vine O&G unlock automation opportunity

Shale production has rocketed from 100 kboe/d to 7,500 kboe/d in less than 10 years. During the same time, shale plays across North America have seen hugely impactful developments, with drilling costs declining and productivity per well increasing. The adoption of digital technologies has been critical to this, supporting the fact that the digital oilfield services market is set to ...

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Gas prices to rise across Midwest

WHITING — Filling your tank suddenly became a lot costlier because of an unplanned outage at the BP Whiting Refinery. A 250,000 barrel-per-day crude distillation unit went down because of a mechanical breakdown, and it’s not immediately clear how long it will take to fix, according to sources familiar with the situation. The unit that malfunctioned is the largest of ...

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IEA sees oil glut persisting despite soaring demand

LONDON – World oil demand is expanding at its fastest pace in five years thanks to rebounding economic growth and low prices, but global oversupply will last through 2016, the West’s energy watchdog said on Wednesday. The International Energy Agency said in a monthly report that it was steeply raising its demand growth outlook for this year and 2016, and ...

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Democrats vow to preserve conservation fund

Congress is running out of time to reauthorize the national Land and Water Conservation Fund, which will expire after 50 years on Sept. 30, something that members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation on Tuesday vowed to not let happen. Speaking before a crowd of about 75 people at the Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico Democrats Sen. Martin Heinrich and Rep. ...

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CHS Inc. pulls plug on planned $3 billion fertilizer plant

BISMARCK, N.D. — Minnesota-based CHS Inc. said Wednesday it will not move forward with a planned $3 billion fertilizer plant in southeastern North Dakota. The farmer-owned cooperative instead is buying a minority interest in CF Industries Nitrogen LLC for $2.8 billion. The deal includes a supply agreement under which CHS can buy up to 1.7 million tons of fertilizer annually. ...

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Hamm is certain the export ban will be lifted by October just as OPEC reduces output

Harold Hamm

The global oil market is in for some big changes this fall if oil tycoon Harold Hamm’s crystal ball proves accurate. During a quarterly update conference call on Aug. 6, the Continental Resources Chairman and Chief Executive Officer predicted an “energy paradigm shift will have profound long-term consequences worldwide starting with the U.S. crude export ban being lifted so America ...

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An oil rig isn’t a ficus tree

Photography and imagery in the energy industry really has come a long way since I first entered the industry as a wet-behind-the-ears marketing communications guy back in the early 1970s.  I remember all too well one of my first assignments.  I was working for an energy industry magazine at the time (it was a print magazine, you remember those), and ...

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Scientist: Oil slick likely from natural seafloor seepage

LOS ANGELES — Beaches along the Santa Barbara County coast remained open to swimmers, surfers and sunbathers Friday as the Coast Guard worked to determine whether an oil slick that materialized just offshore this week was simply the result of natural ocean-floor seepage. That’s the conclusion Jordan Clark, professor of earth science and environmental studies at the University of California, ...

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