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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.

Rig count continues to creep upward

oil rig, rig count, Baker Hughes

The U.S. rig count continues to creep back up slowly, up ten Feb. 17, 2017, according to the latest Baker Hughes report. The rig count has increased for 5 straight weeks, reaching 751. The U.S. added 6 rigs exploring for oil and 4 exploring for natural gas. The current oil rig count is 597, while gas rigs number 153. One ...

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ND House defeats property tax reform bill

property tax reform

Yesterday, the North Dakota House of Representatives voted against HB 1326, the tax bill that Managing Director of the North Dakota Watchdog Dustin Gawrylow calls “a critical piece of pro-taxpayer reform that can and should be the beginning of real property tax reform” in North Dakota. The basic premise of the bill: Every political subdivision shall have an affirmative control ...

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Corps grants easement for Dakota Access pipeline

Dakota Access Pipeline, pipeline construction

The Army Corps of Engineers officially granted the coveted easement for completion of the Dakota Access pipeline on Wednesday. Only days after entering office, President Donald Trump issued an executive memorandum that provided clear directives for a swift revival of the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline that would run from North Dakota’s Bakken oilfields to Illinois. Wednesday’s easement from the Corps ...

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North Dakota Energy Day at the Capitol

Energy Day at the Capitol

Are you curious about what lies ahead for the Bakken? How will world oil markets impact drilling and production in North Dakota? Energy Day brings the numbers to the State Capitol on March 7th from 10 am to 1 pm in the Brynhild Haugland Room. Four dynamic speakers will allow attendees to get a real glimpse of exactly how energy production ...

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Will OPEC continue to cut production?

Photo: Nick Taylor via Flickr.

Ten OPEC countries achieved 91 percent of their required cuts in January, according to an S & P Global Platts survey released on Monday. In the agreement signed last year, OPEC countries promised to cut 1.2 million b/d for six months and freeze production at 32.5 million b/d for six months in 2017. This includes production by Indonesia, whose OPEC membership is ...

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New geothermal drilling technology could also help oil and gas

geothermal drilling, Baker Hughes

When we think directional drilling, we think oil and gas. But a recent article in Think GeoEnergy tells about an advanced drilling system used by Baker Hughes that can withstand high temperatures in drilling for geothermal resources. The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and its Geothermal Technology Office. Alexander Richter for Think Geoenergy reports that Baker ...

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Dynasty Downhole Services Acquisitions Expand North American Capabilities

Dynasty Downhole Services, Fishing, oilfield services, M&A

Lafayette, LA.–Dynasty Downhole Services has expanded their North American services with the recent purchase of Key Fishing & Rental’s Deepwater assets in Houma, Louisiana and Slaugh Fishing Services with services centers in Vernal, Utah, Ft. Collins, CO and Watford City, ND; bringing the total number of Service Centers to eight.   The Dynasty leadership team offers over 150 plus years of hands-on experience ...

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NDPC scholarship apps due April 1

NDPC, scholarship, oil and gas careers

Bismarck, N.D. – The North Dakota Petroleum Council (NDPC) is seeking applicants for the Al Golden Memorial Scholarship program, which will provide a $2,000 scholarship to nine qualified college students pursuing a post-secondary education in geology, engineering, processing plant technology, science, technical skills or other careers related to the oil and gas industry. The application period will remain open until ...

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