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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.

Purity Oilfield Services hosts Truck Rodeo

Purity Oilfield Services will sponsor the first annual Truck Rodeo tomorrow at the Purity Yard grounds in Williston, North Dakota. Gates open at 9 AM, and the action starts at 11 AM. The competition itself consists of three events, and the winner will be awarded $1000 cash and a champion belt buckle. Second and third place prizes will also be awarded, ...

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Work continues on Thunder Butte Refinery

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Construction on the new Thunder Butte Clean Fuels Refinery is in full swing. Located southwest of Minot near the small town of Makoti, N.D., on the Fort Berthold reservation, the refinery has been a long time in the making. Workers broke ground May 9, 2013, grading the landscape and preparing for construction. Since then, the facility has begun to take ...

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Summer gas prices to remain steady

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Go ahead and hop in the car! Gassing up the car for summer road trips shouldn’t cost any more than last year, according to gasoline predictions by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Prices should stay steady at around $3.57 on average for the summer driving season, topping out in May at $3.66. The summer driving season runs from May ...

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Pittsburgh company helps homeowners save on energy bills

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By Stephanie Ritenbaugh / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette That drafty hallway. The bedroom that’s always cold. The rain gutters that sprout icicles in the winter. For many homeowners, these are the quirks that come with a house. But South Side nonprofit Conservation Consultants Inc. says these can be solved — often with simple fixes like a caulking gun or new furnace filter — and ...

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FirstEnergy CEO takes national stage; says regulatory challenges and mandates make it difficult for electric industry

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Betty Lin-Fisher for The Akron Beacon Journal FirstEnergy Corp.’s President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Alexander had a national stage Tuesday to discuss regulatory challenges and mandates that he said are making it more difficult for electric utilities to provide reliable, affordable service. Alexander was featured at the CEO Leadership Series lunch, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation ...

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Hawaii receives first LNG shipment

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Hawaii received its first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) this week via container ship. Hawaii Gas has been providing gas service to Hawaiians for over 100 years and has now taken the plunge to diversify its product base in an attempt to lower prices for customers. Hawaiians currently pay the highest gas and electricity prices in the United States, ...

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Basin employers strive for good work environment

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By Rachael Gleason, The Midland Reporter-Telegram Midlanders recall tough times and ruined fortunes after a promising oil boom turned sour more than three decades ago. Major oil corporations shut down and shipped out, businesses called it quits and banks failed as the demand for oil dried up in the 1980s. The nationwide oil glut left Midland in the dust. West ...

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Watchdog hopes Duke will clean up Saluda dump

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An environmental watchdog group hopes Duke Energy will clean up its coal ash ponds along the Saluda River — if not, the $50 billion utility could face more legal trouble over its Carolina operations. Duke officials acknowledged Monday before the South Carolina’s Public Service Commission that heavy metals from its coal ash dumps at the W.S. Lee Steam Station near ...

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Senate hears pleas for gas exports to Europe

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by Matthew Daly WASHINGTON (AP) — Calls to begin U.S. natural gas exports to Europe to counter Russian influence across the continent grew louder Tuesday amid concerns that Russia will move deeper into Ukraine. Lithuania’s energy minister, Jaroslav Neverovic, pleaded in emotional terms for U.S. help, saying his country is “100 percent” dependent on Russia for natural gas and has ...

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U.S. lawmakers to weigh speeding up LNG exports to help Europe, Ukraine

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(Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will hear testimony on Tuesday from those who favor loosening restrictions on liquefied natural gas exports so that abundant American supplies could help reduce Ukraine and Europe’s dependence on Russian gas. European worries about the security of energy supplies have grown since Russian forces seized control of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine this month. Moscow has in years past cut gas supplies ...

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