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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.

Who made the A list? Forbes’ list of top 2000 companies

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When Forbes releases a list about successful companies, people are anxious to read who’s who among the big players. Everyone wants to know who’s winning, and who’s slipping. The list, according to Forbes, compiled by measuring each company based on revenues, profits, assets and market value. And despite difficult times, and a downturn in oil, Forbes’ 2017 Global 2000 list of ...

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Oil company protects pregnant polar bear

polar bear

An oil company operating in Alaska has proven to be an ally in protecting a pregnant polar bear. The bear sought to dig a maternity den in a snow drift along a bridge leading to an artificial production island off the north coast of Alaska, reports Dan Joling from the Associated Press. Hilcorp Alaska LLC took “vigorous measures” to make ...

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Fargo Forum: ND property tax hikes are coming

new home, property tax

It took a couple weeks, but statewide media is finally catching on to the warnings we have been sending out: property taxes are going up! On Friday, the Fargo Forum published a story entitled “Property tax increases coming in ND after legislative changes, auditors say”. Cass County Auditor Michael Montplaisir predicted an 8.5 to 9 percent increase on residential property ...

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U.S. rig count breaks 900

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

With almost 500 more rigs than last year at this time, the Baker Hughes U.S. rotary rig count broke 900 Friday with another sizable jump of 16 new rigs exploring for oil and gas. The U.S. rig count now sits at 901. Of those rigs, 720 are exploring for oil, up 8 from last week, and 180 are exploring for ...

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In the world of water, it’s wise to follow the money

WAWSA, North Dakota, Western Area Water Supply Authority

There’s an old saying in journalism – “follow the money.”  That phrase inserted itself into America’s lexicon and popular culture during the movie “All the President’s Men,” a film portraying the events of Watergate.  Since then, that phrase has been taught or talked about in most basic media classes. Following the money is a basic exercise that uncovers a sizable ...

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WSJ: Why Canada and Brazil hurting market balancing efforts

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No one really thinks about how the “little guys” affect the effort to rebalance the oil market. Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that a “wave of new petroleum production from countries like Canada and Brazil is adding a new problem for oil traders.” The WSJ notes that the two countries are the seventh and 10th largest oil suppliers, and production ...

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Rig count increases for 17th week in a row

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

According to the May 12 Baker Hughes rig count, drillers added 8 rigs for a total of 885 total rigs exploring for oil and gas. It’s the 17th straight week of increases. The count is up 479 from last year at this time. Oil rigs increased by nine, while the total rigs exploring for gas dropped by one. It’s no surprise ...

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Methane rule pits ND leaders against one another

Heidi Heitkamp, methane rule

The U.S. Senate rejected a resolution to revoke the Obama-era rule to limit methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands, reports Reuters. The inability to revoke the law is seen as a direct blow to the Trump and his ability to “free the drilling industry from what he sees as excessive environmental regulation.” On the campaign trail ...

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