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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.

Humor in the Oilfield Finally Has A Book

Jeff Miller, oilfield book

These days, there hasn’t been much humor floating around, especially for the oil and gas industry. But one person, with over 40 years of experience in the industry, has managed to find humor in almost everything he’s been involved with over the years.  And he put it in a book. Jeff Miller, frequent contributor to the Energy Media Group has ...

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Is it the beginning of the end for the Bakken?

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On March 1, 2017, petroleum geologist Art Berman wrote, “It’s the beginning of the end for the Bakken Shale play.” Berman gives several reasons why the Bakken oil fields will never return to its former glory. Here are the highlights: A decline in production that began January 2015. Berman says its “probably not reversible. New well performance has deteriorated. Gas-oil ...

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Protesters arrested for climbing inside Sabal Trail pipeline

Sabal Trail, pipeline protest

It’s okay to protest something you believe in. In fact, the right to peacefully assemble is one of the fundamental rights of Americans. But many recent protests have safety officials worried about the consequences of going too far. Yesterday’s article by Certified Safety Professional Dan Hannan addresses some of the safety concerns associated with such activity at the sites of oil ...

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Calculate Your Savings: Natural Gas vs. Diesel

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The old cliché “Time is Money” is still relevant in today’s oilfield operations. When your rig is down, you’re losing money with every passing minute. That’s why LTR helps you assess your energy needs and provide a strategic plan to help you decide which generators will best help you optimize your operations. Chad Wolf, LTR’s Product Manager for Natural Gas ...

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Bad Boys, Bad Boys—Project Security Challenges

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Most of us in the environmental compliance business are a little apprehensive with the Trump administration and his promise to streamline permitting processes to improve of America’s infrastructure and create jobs.  What does that mean for businesses serving the oil and gas industry now that the Administration wants to “take the breaks off” of the environmental permitting process?  We do ...

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Trade! Do Americans Really Have a Bad Deal?

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Understanding Americas Trading Relationship with Planet Earth The Rise of the American Economic Empire For those of you who have been living in a cave over the last 18 months, the topic of “unfair,” “bad” and “disastrous” trade deals exploded into the American lexicon through the politicization of free trade agreements that have become popular political fodder. Up until the ...

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ND Watchdog Network 2017 Legislative Half-Time Report

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Yesterday marked the end of the first half of the legislative session. Next week, bills that passed one chamber will cross the hall to the opposite chamber to be discussed and voted on. Here are just a few of the highlights of the good bills that are still alive in the legislature: House and Senate Pass Corporate Welfare Reform HB1182 shifts costs of ...

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