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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.

ND Watchdog: Property taxes are going up

property taxes, housing, Williston

North Dakota League of Cities Spokesman Declares That Cities Will Have No Choice But To Raise Property Taxes Blames legislature even though the legislature never approved a direct buy down of city property taxes, which is a convenient distortion of reality. Earlier this week, the executive director (Blake Crosby) of the North Dakota League of Cities appeared on a Fargo ...

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Dallas Fed: Energy indicators see continued increase

proven oil reserves

The most recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas for June 2017 shows that many indicators for the oil and gas sector continued to increase in May. While WTI crude dropped slightly, production growth continues to stay strong, especially in the Permian basin. Below is a summary of the report from the Dallas Fed. For more details and graphs, be sure ...

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U.S. Silica plans Permian frac sand plant

frac sand, U.S. Silica

Frederick, Maryland-based U.S. Silica announced plans Monday to build a new frac sand mine and plant in West Texas to serve the Permian Basin. The Permian has been growing steadily despite the recent oil slump, supported by increased production and recently discovered oil reserves by the U.S. Geological Survey at the end of last year. The projected budget for the ...

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Baker Hughes: Rig Count up another 11

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

Breaking another record, the Baker Hughes Rotary Rig Count showed an other increase of 11 new rigs exploring for oil and gas this week. Despite some concern about overproduction, the rig count continues its upward climb, with a total of 927 rigs in the U.S. The total North American count is now 1059. Canada also increased its count by 33. ...

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Rig count: Colorado up 5, Texas down 1

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

In a small surprise, this week’s Baker Hughes rotary rig count showed a nice gain of rigs exploring for oil and gas in Colorado. Typically, Texas has topped recent weekly increases, but this week the Lone Star State saw its first loss in several weeks. By state, Alaska, New Mexico, North Dakota and Oklahoma also gained one rig each.  Texas was ...

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

exxon ceo say company will invest

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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