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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 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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Eugene Graner: $60 oil will have to wait

Texas oil, pumpjack

Eugene Graner, with Heartland Investor Services, released his latest Market Quick Take. Despite a desire for $60 oil by OPEC, domestic shale producers, and many others, we don’t always get what we want. Instead, it looks likes $60 oil might be just out of reach. Graner mentions there are several technical and fundamental obstacles keeping oil from going up. Consistent ...

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U.S. oil poised as next swing producer – INTERVIEW

energy market, oil swing producer

Oil prices have taken a wild ride in recent years, and nobody knows exactly where they will settle. Some market analysts, though, have a better idea than others. Brent Berarducci of Blacklion Capital Management, namely, is one unique to the oil and gas financial market. His boots have been on the ground (as well as 30,000+ feet in the air) ...

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North Dakota’s Newest Big Bad Wolf

water pipeline, eminent domain, WAWS

Throughout history the practice of eminent domain has been abused in the United States.  Abused to the point where the parties taking the land were colloquially referred as the “big bad wolf.” The first big bad wolf was the railroad. The process was quite simple, the railroad is considered a project for the public good, and if you do not ...

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Big property tax hikes coming in 2018?

property taxes, property in Fargo

The sustainability of “property tax relief” program using state tax dollars to reduce local property taxes is now at 0% as the State House yesterday voted to repeal the 12% property tax credit. Senate Bill 2206 was amended to repeal the 12% credit and takeover about half that much of the property tax bill which covers local social services. As ...

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Hot new Bakken jobs – April 10

bakken oil jobs, truck driver

We’ve rounded up a few of the hottest jobs in the Bakken. Whether you’re entry-level or you’ve got experience, there’s someone looking for you. Check these out: Frac Operator Adler Hot Oil Service, Williston, is looking for a Frac Operator. This job requires only one year of oilfield experience and a high school or equivalent education. You’ll need a CDL ...

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