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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.

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

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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 upstream development plans. With shale oil ...

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Radiant Oil & Gas acquires 1,000 acres in Louisiana

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 new ones. In today’s press release ...

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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


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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