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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.

NDPC to Host Optical Gas Imaging Training to Help Reduce Emissions

BISMARCK, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) will offer training and certification in Optical Gas Imaging using FLIR Technology next week. The deployment of the new technology offers industry and regulators an opportunity to more safely and accurately detect natural gas emissions related to oil and gas operations, which will help companies monitor and reduce potential leakages. “The ...

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US rig count up 11 this week to 508; Texas up 4

Permian basin drilling rig

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 508. A year ago, 848 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 414 rigs sought oil and 92 explored for natural gas ...

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NDPC Statement on Dakota Access Pipeline Decisions

Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness issued this statement today in response to U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg’s ruling today: “The NDPC is pleased with Judge Boasberg’s ruling today that upholds what a vast majority of North Dakotans have known and believed all along: that this is a legal project that has met and exceeded ...

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North Dakota tribe’s request to stop work on pipeline denied

pipeline protest, Dakota Access Pipeline

NEAR THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX RESERVATION, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s attempt to halt construction of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline near their North Dakota reservation was denied Friday by a federal judge. The tribe had challenged the Army Corps of Engineers’ decision to grant permits at more than 200 water crossings for Dallas-based Energy Transfer ...

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WVU to host forum featuring US energy secretary

Ernest Moniz, Energy Department, oil glut

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University will host an energy forum that features U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. WVU says the Mid-Atlantic Region Energy Innovation Forum on Monday will draw input from political, industry, academic and other leaders. Panelists will discuss ways to accelerate energy innovation in the region. Other presenters include Sen. Joe Manchin; Congressman David McKinley; Pennsylvania ...

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Q&A: The 4-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline

Sacred Stones camp, Sioux, Dakota Access, pipeline protest

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has said he’ll rule by Friday on the Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s lawsuit that challenges federal permits for the four-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline. The lawsuit alleges that the pipeline, which would be placed less than a mile upstream of the reservation, could impact drinking water for more than 8,000 tribal members ...

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Retired coal miners to rally at Capitol for benefits bill

coal miner, coal mine

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Thousands of retired coal miners are gathering at the U.S. Capitol to support a bill that would preserve their health and pension benefits. The United Mine Workers of America says its members and supporters from 13 states, including West Virginia, will rally in Washington on Thursday. The UMWA called it life-or-death legislation for retired coal miners ...

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