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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.

Iran makes $6 billion deal with Total, CNPC

total SA, Iran

According to the Wall Street Journal, Iran plans to sign a preliminary $6 billion deal with Total SA on Tuesday to help develop an onshore gas field. The move by Total is the first return by a Western energy company since sanctions were lifted this year. Total was long one of the most active Western oil companies in Iran, and ...

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Continental Resources plans to complete 29 Bakken wells

energy, 2016, year in review

Continental Resources’ Bakken production averaged nearly 108,000 b/d of oil equivalent in the third quarter of 2016, down 14% or more than 17,000 boe/d from the previous quarter, but the Oklahoma City-based producer plans to boost production in its North Dakota and Montana plays before the end of the year. “We’ve begun harvesting our valuable Bakken inventories,” Harold Hamm, Continental’s ...

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What exactly is driving the Dakota Access protests?

Dakota Access Protest. Photo: Fibonacci Blue via Fickr.

Here in the Bakken, most people have at least some idea of what’s going on with the protests against the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock reservation, and most of those people have at least some opinion about whether or not the pipeline project should be finished. But the protests have now spread to news outlets across the nation, ...

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Companies announce $1bn climate fund

climate fund, climate change

The Paris climate change agreement was met with unhappy and even skeptical responses by many, who believe that the agreement was not achievable–especially in the oil and gas industry. In December of 2015. close to 200 countries from around the world made commitments to keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by cutting carbon emissions. The long-term goal of the technically ...

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How much do you know about spray foam insulation?

spray foam insulation, spf, Profoam

Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) insulation is rapidly growing as the insulation of choice throughout North America.  But how much do you know about this amazing product, and all of the benefits?  There are so many features and benefits of SPF, and some of them are surprising! If you’ve had trouble with ice dams as the weather gets colder, SPF can prevent ...

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Will the Dakota Access pipeline be re-routed?

Dakota Access, pipeline protest, Minneapolis

Re-route the pipeline? A new solution for the dispute near Standing Rock is now on the table, says President Barack Obama. The Huffington Post reported today that Obama commented late Tuesday night on the dispute to the online news site Now This. “My view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans. And ...

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Customer Service is More Than Just Being Nice; If Done Right, It Can Save Your Customers Big Bucks

Light Tower Rentals, customer service

By Jeff Miller At LTR, our core values are Safety, Customer Service, Integrity, Teamwork, and Accountability.  Safety is the focus of every job at Light Tower Rentals (LTR).  It starts at the office, continues at the jobsite, and really never finishes.  Safety is priority one, because if you don’t have a safe work environment, you won’t have customers.  Without customers, ...

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XTO sponsors “Give Back to the Bakken” grant program

XTO, grant

XTO Energy announced their commitment to the Bakken in sponsorship of a program called “Give Back to the Bakken,” which provides grants to area nonprofit organizations  in North Dakota and Montana. Past recipients of grants include Home on the Range and Best Friends Mentoring. The grants, says XTO Energy, is a show of appreciation for the communities in eastern Montana ...

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Tense standoff at Dakota Access protest encampment

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — The prospect of a police raid on an encampment protesting the Dakota Access pipeline faded as night fell Wednesday, with law enforcement making no immediate move after protesters rejected their request to withdraw from private land. Unmarked aircraft that had been monitoring protesters were withdrawn late in the day, and some activists who had been ...

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