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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.

Prosecutor reaches $4M settlement with utility for gas leak

SoCal gas leak, gas leak protesters

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A utility that owns a well that leaked massive amounts of natural gas and drove thousands of families from their Los Angeles homes pleaded no contest to a criminal charge Tuesday as part of a $4 million settlement with prosecutors. The deal requires Southern California Gas Co. to adopt a leak-monitoring system at its Aliso Canyon ...

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More than 30 oil pipeline protesters arrested in last 2 days

pipeline protest, Dakota Access

ALMONT, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in southern North Dakota say more than 30 protesters have been arrested in the last two days at a Dakota Access pipeline construction site north of Almont. The site is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of the main protest site near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Morton County authorities say eight people were arrested ...

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Ruling clears way for construction of Hinesburg gas pipeline

natural gas pipeline

HINESBURG, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gas has been given the green light to start construction on a natural gas pipeline in Hinesburg following a recent ruling by the state Public Service Board. The board’s decision on Tuesday grants easement access to the utility to begin work on the pipeline under Geprags Park via horizontal drilling. Opponents seeking to block the ...

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Buffett’s firm buys nearly 1 million more Phillips 66 shares

Berkshire Hathaway, Phillips 66

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Warren Buffett’s company has bought nearly 1 million more shares of oil refiner Phillips 66. Berkshire Hathaway said in a regulatory filing that it owned 80.67 million Phillips 66 shares after the latest purchases this week. Berkshire now controls 15.4 percent of Phillips 66 stock. Berkshire has been investing in Houston-based Phillips 66 since 2012. After ...

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NY regulators order full environmental review for pipeline

steel pipe, pipeline,

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state regulators say a proposed dual pipeline from Albany to New Jersey oil refineries requires a full environmental review. The Department of Environmental Conservation and the Thruway Authority announced its finding Wednesday, saying the Pilgrim Pipeline project has the potential for significant adverse impact on the environment and communities. The pipelines would carry North ...

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Washington limits carbon pollution from largest sources

greenhouse gas, pollution, carbon regulation, greenhouse gas

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state has adopted a new rule to limit greenhouse gas emissions from large polluters. State environmental regulators on Thursday morning finalized a rule that requires large industrial emitters to gradually reduce carbon emissions over time. It would cover many industries, including power plants, oil refineries, fuel distributors, pulp and paper mills and others. Gov. Jay Inslee ...

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Trump outlines vision for economy, promising large tax cuts

Trump, economy, tax code

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump outlined his vision for managing the nation’s economy as president on Thursday, promising that his plans to lower taxes by $4.4 trillion over a decade and cut regulations would lead to booming growth, create millions of jobs and even cut into the nation’s budget deficit. “My plan will embrace the truth that people flourish ...

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Dominion subsidiaries end weeklong union lockout in 6 states

Dominion Power, union lockout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An agreement has been reached to end a weeklong lockout at Dominion’s natural gas and interstate transmission subsidiaries. Dominion Hope and Dominion Transmission agreed to end the lockout involving 915 workers in six states, while the United Gas Workers Union Local 69 vowed not to strike. The agreement, announced in a joint news release Wednesday, runs ...

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Gradiant Launches Oilfield Services Subsidiary Upon Continued Contract Wins

Gradiant Energy Services, water management

BOSTON, Sept. 15, 2016 – Gradiant, a technology company specializing in industrial water solutions and innovations, today announced the formation of its oilfield services company Gradiant Energy Services (GES). The wholly-owned subsidiary provides solutions and services for economic, efficient and environmentally friendly treatment, reuse and recycling of water in the oil and gas industry. The formation of GES follows more ...

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Fed judge to decide whether climate change lawsuit proceeds

American flag, pipeline protest

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge in Eugene, Oregon, is considering arguments about whether a lawsuit brought by a group of children and a leading climate scientist can go forward. The plaintiffs’ lawsuit alleges that the federal government has known for more than 50 years that carbon pollution causes climate change, but it has failed to implement plans to ...

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