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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.

Texas lawyer acquitted of BP oil spill fraud

BP oil spill fraud

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Texas lawyer accused of making up fake clients to sue BP after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil spill said after his acquittal Thursday that the government’s case against him “fell apart under its own weight of ridiculousness.” Attorney Mikal Watts of San Antonio and four others were acquitted Thursday by a federal jury in ...

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US rig count up 10 this week to 491, Texas up 8

rig count, Baker Hughes

HOUSTON (AP) — The Baker Hughes rig count snowed the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 10 this week to 491. A year ago, 885 rigs were active. Depressed energy prices have sharply curtailed oil and gas exploration. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. said Friday that 406 rigs sought oil ...

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North Dakota pipeline construction halted until court date

pipeline, pipeline tax

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Developers of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline have agreed to halt construction near an American Indian reservation in southern North Dakota until a federal court hearing next week in Washington, D.C. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is suing federal regulators for approving permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline that will move oil from North Dakota ...

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Can North Dakota coal survive in a clean power era?

Freedom Mine, lignite coal, Beulah

In the last few years, it’s oil and gas that people think of when North Dakota’s energy industry is mentioned. But they often forget about #coal, a staple in the state’s energy economy, and still providing a healthy backbone for communities near North Dakota lignite mines. This week, Inside Energy wrote an article detailing why North Dakota lignite is still an influential ...

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Wildfire burns with ferocity never seen by fire crews

california wildfires

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — A wildfire with a ferocity never seen by veteran California firefighters raced up and down canyon hillsides Wednesday, instantly incinerating homes and forcing thousands of people to flee, some running for their lives just ahead of the flames. A day after it ignited in brush left tinder-dry by years of drought, the blaze had spread ...

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The Latest: New Mexico approves Facebook power plan

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators have approved a power-supply plan for a proposed Facebook data center as the state vies with Utah to lure investments by the social media giant. The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a plan from investor-owned utility Public Service Co. of New Mexico that would use new solar ...

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Sioux tribe leader wants political help to halt oil pipeline

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says he has contacted the White House and met with North Dakota’s senators in an effort to halt construction of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline. David Archambault II says he met Wednesday with North Dakota Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp to “express concerns” about the Dakota ...

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2016 Chevy Volt plugs into a quicker, quieter ride

Chevy Volt, electric car

The 2016 Chevrolet Volt is quicker, quieter, more fuel-efficient and goes farther — up to 53 miles — on all-electric power than its predecessor. The new gasoline-engine and electric-powered Volt also is restyled with a more mainstream look and has new features, such as options that let the car start charging only when off-peak electric rates apply. Plus, Chevy cut ...

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Crews restoring power after storms roar across Pennsylvania

power lines, storm, Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Utility crews are busy restoring electricity after a wave of thunderstorms roared across Pennsylvania. Utilities across the state reported more than 10,000 customers lost power, most of those in Pittsburgh and the surrounding counties. By mid-morning Wednesday, Duquesne Light Co. and West Penn Power were reporting about 3,000 customers still without power. Strong winds downed trees and ...

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