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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.

Company settles with feds over renewable fuel violation

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A company has agreed to pay $27 million in a settlement over violations of biofuel exports. The U.S. Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced the settlement with Chemoil, which sells renewable fuel, diesel and oil products from San Francisco. The civil penalty is the largest under the EPA’s fuels program. The agencies said ...

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US Justice Department investigating Chesapeake Energy

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into possible antitrust violations by Chesapeake Energy Corp. The Journal Record reports (http://bit.ly/2dwWCJ5 ) the agency has subpoenaed documents related to how the driller pays royalty owners and accounts for oil and gas reserves. Chesapeake disclosed the subpoena Thursday in a regulatory filing with the U.S. Securities ...

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State Supreme Court rules in favor of $150M ethanol plant

ethanol, gasoline

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Supreme Court has removed the final obstacle for a $150 million ethanol plant in Sully County. Justices this week denied the appeal of 11 Onida-area residents who oppose the plant’s location, according to the Capital Journal and KCCR radio. The neighbors had sued, saying county officials improperly rezoned the site for commercial agriculture ...

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New York state to help farms reduce carbon emissions

carbon emissions from agriculture

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is spending $2.5 million on efforts to help local farmers reduce their carbon emissions. The funding announced this week can also be spent on local initiatives to help prepare farms for droughts and other effects of climate change. The money will be awarded to local soil and water conservation districts. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, ...

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SEC: Weatherford International oil firm to pay $140M fine

tax fraud, Weatherford International

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield-services company Weatherford International PLC has agreed to pay a $140 million fine to settle government claims that it used fraudulent tax accounting to inflate its earnings. The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement Tuesday with Weatherford, which is based in Switzerland and has major operations in Houston. According to a settlement order, Weatherford issued financial ...

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Dallas Fed: Oil and Gas Activity Rises in Third Quarter

energy, 2016, year in review

Surveys and reports from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are now available for the third quarter. The business activity index – the survey’s broadest measure of conditions facing Eleventh District energy firms – was up from 13.8 in the second quarter to 26.7. While the survey still shows weakness in both industry employment and production, it does show some ...

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North Dakota asks pipeline company to explain ranch purchase

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is asking the developer of the four-state Dakota Access oil pipeline to explain its purchase of a ranch where a protest turned violent earlier this month. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners recently purchased the 7,000-acre ranch last week for an undisclosed price. Stenehjem is giving the company 30 days to say ...

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Iran oil industry fires, blasts raise suspicions of hacking

Iran, hacking

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A series of fires at Iranian petrochemical plants and facilities have raised suspicions about hacking potentially playing a role, with authorities saying that “viruses had contaminated” equipment at several of the affected complexes. Iran officially insists the six known blazes over the span of three months weren’t the result of a cyberattack. However, the ...

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