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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.

Permian rig count up, Marcellus down

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

While the gain in the rig count is less than it has been the past few weeks, today’s number still shows an increase of 7 new rigs exploring for oil and gas, according to the latest numbers from Baker Hughes.  It isn’t surprising that the Permian Basin is still the hot spot, with an increase of 7 new rigs for ...

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North Dakota state government is picking winners and losers

WAWSA, North Dakota, Western Area Water Supply Authority

This is the third article in a series addressing water issues in North Dakota.  Every legislative session and campaign season, some politicians will utter the phrase “we can’t be picking winners and losers”.  This statement is often meant to squelch any conversations regarding subsidies for businesses and industries. A statement used primarily by republicans as a talking point and syntactical ...

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Texas rig count ramp up continues

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

This week’s Baker Hughes North America Rotary Rig Count showed another week of increases in Texas, with an addition of 11 new rigs exploring for oil and gas. The U.S. total rigs is now 870, up 13 from last week. Nine of those rigs are exploring for oil, while 4 are searching for gas. The Gulf of Mexico lost 3 ...

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Safety With Purpose

purpose, safety, road, retirement

With retirement on the horizon I’ve been listening more intently to the advice offered from those that are there and those that help retirees prepare for their “golden years.”  Finances are a large part of the discussion and most importantly—“You don’t want outlive your money!” Traveling, volunteering, hobbies, and visiting family and friends are no doubt prime post-career activities. One ...

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Rig count continues steady upward climb

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

While Canada lost 19 rigs this week, the U.S. Baker Hughes rig count continues its steady upward climb. With fourteen straight weeks of increase, it doesn’t seem as though it will stop anytime soon. This week’s total is up ten from last week. Of the 857 rigs, 688 are exploring for oil, while 167 are exploring for gas. Two rigs ...

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Hot Bakken Jobs April 19

Bakken jobs, help wanted, hiring Bakken

With spring trying to lay claim to the North Dakota landscape, there are jobs sprouting up every day in the Bakken and surrounding areas in oil and gas. If you’re interested in working in oil and gas, now is a great time to apply for a new position. Whether you’re looking for entry level work, or if you’ve got some ...

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How to power the whole world? Ask Elon Musk.

Elon Musk

While pipelines are approved and rig counts go up, Elon Musk and Leonardo DiCaprio are talking lithium ion batteries, climate change and alternative energy. Is all of this just talk, or is there some truth to their rhetoric? We actually did the calculations to figure out what it would take to transition the whole world to sustainable energy. You’d need ...

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How much energy did Americans use in 2016?

US energy usage, energy consumption

Last week, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory released its latest energy flow chart depicting American energy usage in 2016. The laboratory releases a fantastic, compact little diagram showing the sources of U.S. energy, what it’s used for, and how much of it is wasted. Vox does a great job of explaining this little graph, which measures energy consumption in what ...

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