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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.

Buffett says US economy weaker than he expected but growing

Warren Buffet Berkshire Hathaway

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says the U.S. economy appears weaker than he thought it would be as recently as last fall, but that doesn’t change his optimistic long-term view of the country’s prospects. Buffett appeared on CNBC Monday after releasing his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders over the weekend. Buffett says the collapse in oil prices ...

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Regulators face deadline to OK $1B Duke Energy gas plant

An example of coal ash collected following cleanup of Duke Energy's coal ash waste. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina electricity regulators face a deadline as they consider the pros and cons of allowing Duke Energy to replace an Asheville coal-burning power plant with units fueled by natural gas. The Monday deadline for the North Carolina Utilities Commission to decide whether to approve construction was set by state legislators last year. Duke Energy says ...

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Company, state working to bring well sites into compliance

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — An oil and gas operator says it’s trying to bring dozens of its Pennsylvania drilling sites into compliance with environmental laws. A Range Resources spokesman tells Pennlive.com that the company is working the Department of Environmental Protection. The agency on Friday said dozens of the company’s Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling pads in Washington and Allegheny ...

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Chesapeake halts Marcellus and Utica drilling

natural gas drilling rig

Yesterday Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) stock bounced back after its quarterly report was released. Investor confidence increased as assets were sold off and the company’s liquidity increased. Chesapeake should be able to pay its upcoming debts with the cash from the asset sales. Agreements to sell $700 million in gas fields and other assets were made. The company plans to sell between ...

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Turn your tax refund into a smooth move

Drops of sweat form at the temples. Pulses skip a beat. As April 15th nears, many taxpayers are scrambling to file their federal state and tax returns. But if you’re one of the nearly 80% of Americans who will receive a refund of hundreds—or even thousands—of dollars, you’re doing a happy dance. Now, the question is, what’s the best way ...

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Line of thunderstorms moving across Texas heading toward Deep South


NEW ORLEANS — A line of thunderstorms moving across Texas was expected to bring severe weather to the Deep South on Tuesday. The storms caused some wind damage in south Texas, according to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma. The weather service estimates that more than 7 million people in parts of five states — Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida ...

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Virginia issues violation notice to Dominion for spill

Potomac, Maryland

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia environmental regulators are issuing a notice of violation to Dominion Virginia Power for a mineral oil spill that fouled a portion of the Potomac River in northern Virginia. The notice issued Friday by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is a first step to ensure that Dominion is held accountable for the Feb. 3 spill. ...

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EPA: Cleco coal-fired power plant out of compliance

carbon capture, coal-fired power plant

MANSFIELD, La. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it’s found Cleco Corp.’s coal-fired plant in Mansfield emitting too much sulfur dioxide to meet new federal standards. On Wednesday, the EPA designated the Dolet Hills power plant out of compliance. This was the only Louisiana power plant to get that designation. Sulfur dioxide emissions have been linked respiratory problems. The ...

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