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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.

The Rough Waters of Western North Dakota

WAWS, water, North Dakota

The first in a 5-part series on the controversial water industry of western North Dakota. Reprinted with permission.  The state of North Dakota is now experiencing a serious crossroads situation regarding the Western Area Water Supply Authority (WAWSA) and its future path.  Uncertainty is nothing new to WAWSA and its project as controversy, a questionable business plan and forceful government ...

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US involvement in Paris climate agreement in jeopardy after exec order

coal mining, climate change

President Trump delivered on a campaign promise today to roll back Obama-era climate change policy with a “much-anticipated” executive order. The order, called the “Energy Independence” executive order, directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin withdrawing Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which was intended to cut carbon emissions created by coal-fired power plants. The Clean Power Plan would have cut ...

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Rig count breaks 800, Permian back on top

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

After a small slump last week, the Permian basin is back on top in U.S. rig count gains released March 24. The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count gained a total of 20 new rigs this week, with a total of 809 rigs exploring for oil and gas. Baker Hughes reported 21 new rigs exploring for oil and gas, totaling 652, ...

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The Village secures largest donation in organization history

The Village, land donation

A North Dakota native and real estate developer made a unique and substantial donation to a Fargo-based nonprofit human services organization. Mike Marcil (not affiliated with Forum Communications) recently donated a gift of real estate worth $2.3 million to The Village Family Service Center, the organization that supports programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Nokomis Child Care Centers, First ...

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WAWS Official Publication Touts Support For The Water (Royalty) Tax As Its Official Governmental-Entity Position

fracking, bakken, frack water, WAWS

In a shockingly bad public relations decision, the Western Area Water Supply has published an official public support position of the Water (Royalty) Tax in House Bill 1020. WAWS Goes Political Here is what WAWS is now saying about the provisions in HB 1020 to tax private frack water sales: A water royalty clause was also introduced in HB1020. As ...

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What are the long term effects of the Dakota Access showdown?

Dakota Access

The standoff at the site of the Dakota Access pipeline is still fresh. It represents a moment in North Dakota history that won’t easily fade. The manner in which the situation played out could have farther reaching impacts than we ever thought possible. Hart Energy’s Political Sidetrack Podcast features Troy Eid, an experienced attorney on Native American consultations for energy and ...

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Crude oil: Are we seeing a short term low?

oil barrel, market quick take, crude oil market

Today’s Market Quick take from Eugene Graner at Heartland Investor Services gives us a quick 4 1/2 minute update on the crude oil markets and short term outlook. Inside this 4 ½ minute video, he shows how oil might bounce from some support before the second shoe drops. Today’s low of $47.70 shows a price decline, despite a projection that EIA data ...

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