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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.

Decline in gas drilling softens boom for Western Pa. businesses

Marcellus shale drilling rig. (Image: Penn State via Flickr)

John Bruno dresses the industry that revitalized his Waynesburg business district. Mickey’s Men’s Store, which Bruno’s father opened in 1967 on High Street, sells the Carhartt attire, Carolina work boots and flame-retardant clothing that serve as standard wardrobe for the shale gas workers who changed the face of Greene and Washington counties during the past decade. Those workers have kept ...

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Sanders unveils climate plan to end U.S. oil, nuclear dependence

WASHINGTON – U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders unveiled a climate change plan on Monday that seeks to end the country’s dependence on oil, coal and nuclear energy and could pressure party front-runner Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator’s plan envisions 10 million new jobs in clean energy such as wind, solar and geothermal power. It would ban oil and gas ...

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Managing fatigue to prevent injuries

Tired of hearing about fatigue management? We are a society of people that are constantly tired and stressed, and we struggle with making good decisions about our nutrition every day. Many of us are so accustomed to living with fatigue that it’s easy to overlook how it affects our safety consciousness and puts us and our co-workers at serious risk. ...

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Allegheny County budget contains no tax increase

Allegheny County Council tonight approved a $854.8 million operating budget for 2016 that includes no property tax increase. The spending plan, which represents a nearly 1.9 percent increase over this year’s operating budget, passed in a 14-1 vote. Heather Heidelbaugh, R-Mt. Lebanon, voted against it and the $91.7 million capital budget after her amendments to each were voted down. She ...

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House backs sweeping energy bill to boost oil, natural gas

Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Thursday approved a sweeping bill to boost U.S. energy production

WASHINGTON — Defying a White House veto threat, the Republican-controlled House on Thursday approved a sweeping bill to boost U.S. energy production, lift a four-decade ban on crude oil exports and modernize the aging electric grid. The first major energy legislation in nearly a decade, the bill would also speed natural gas exports and hasten approval of natural gas pipelines ...

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Estero moves forward with fracking ban

Silhouette of an oil and gas pump jack producing oil to be stored in adjacent oil tanks in Florida

Estero’s village council on Wednesday unanimously moved forward with its ban of the oil and gas exploration technique known as fracking. The ordinance argues that oil extraction methods such as acid stimulation, hydraulic fracturing and acid fracturing — which use chemicals to dissolve rock below the ground — may pose widespread risk to public health and safety. Councilor Katy Errington, ...

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OPEC likely won’t move to boost oil price amid infighting

VIENNA — Cheap oil that could get even cheaper: That’s the challenge OPEC ministers face as they try to cut their losses at a time when supply is outstripping demand. But their hands appear tied. Ahead of their meeting Friday, there is recognition that the 12-member Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will be unable to nudge up prices, at ...

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North Dakota budget writer: New revenue forecast likely

The Legislative Hall of the North Dakota State capitol building in Bismarck. (Image: Timothy Vogel via Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s top budget writer says “it’s very likely” an updated revenue forecast will be needed due to drop in oil drilling in the state. Office of Management and Budget Director Pam Sharp says a reworked revenue forecast is the initial step in addressing potential revenue shortfalls in the current two-year budget cycle. Overall tax revenues are ...

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