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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.

What factors contribute to the price of gas?

Although plummeting oil prices can be cited as the main reason for low gasoline prices, the friendly price at the pump can’t be attributed only to low crude prices. And surprisingly, Brent crude prices affect gasoline prices more than West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices, typically named as the benchmark for oil prices. However, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), ...

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The perfect accident storm

transporting truck

There are many safety threats and challenges that face those working on oil and gas in the Williston area of the Bakken. None are greater than roadway safety, namely the operation of trucks and the increased traffic that they bring. Sharing the road with an 80,000 pound semi-truck is daunting on any stretch of road but a number of compounding ...

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Top operators join speaker roster for Hart Energy’s 2015 Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference

Hart Energy's Marcellus-Utica Midstream conference Day 1 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Wednesday, January30, 2013.

The world’s leading natural gas-producing fields, the Marcellus-Utica shales in the Appalachian basin, will yield about $90 billion in the coming years from tapping into their vast reserves, according to experts at Wood Mackenzie. Four more executives from top pipeline operators join the speaker slate for the 6th Marcellus-Utica Midstream conference and exhibition. Each offering their inside knowledge about the ...

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Northern Industrial Training offers January classes

Northern Industrial Training, LLC (NIT) is kicking off 2015 with a variety of great courses for both workplace safety and truck driving skills. Check out the list below to see if one of NIT’s courses is right for you! Confined Space Awareness Class begins January 8. The course is intended to provide training to individuals who work in a confined ...

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Colorado Water plan draft released for review


The first draft of the long-awaited Colorado Water Plan was released to the public Wednesday, marking one of many steps to address the state’s looming water supply gap. The 419-page document has been in the making since May 2013, following an executive order by Gov. John Hickenlooper, who described the draft as “a new way to conduct our water business.” ...

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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

train derailment

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 4th 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 not only the oil and ...

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Oil group hosting job fair Wed. in Lafayette

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition is hosting a job fair Wednesday at the Cajundome & Convention Center from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. for oil and gas industry companies looking for qualified employees. Military veterans will get special attention in the form of access to career experts from 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. and then ...

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