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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.

Exxon Mobil to buy InterOil for $2.5 billion

Exxon Mobil

DALLAS (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. emerged Thursday as the winning bidder for InterOil Corp., which has natural gas holdings in Papua New Guinea. Exxon said it will pay $2.5 billion for InterOil in a deal that will complement its large liquefied natural gas facility in the country. Exxon hopes to capitalize on growing demand for cleaner fuels in Asia. ...

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North Dakota fuel tax revenue drops with economic slowdown

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Fuel tax collections for North Dakota’s Transportation Department are tanking with fewer vehicles on the road due to the state’s economic slowdown, the agency’s director said Thursday. North Dakota has a 23-cents-a-gallon tax on motor fuel, which has not been raised since 2005 and is a nickel less than the national average. Each penny of North ...

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How one man’s vision will benefit the future of North Dakota

Frank Koch, North Dakota Gateway to Science

Do you often wonder how GPS works? What does it really look like in space?  Can thunder hurt me? How does hydraulic fracturing work? What’s the difference between spring wheat and winter wheat? Why do I have blue eyes? Children and adults alike encounter things every day that fill us with questions about how the world works. Bismarck State College ...

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For Trump, it’s about America’s ego — and his own

Donald Trump, Republican nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was angry: A reporter had the gall to suggest that ego was behind his purchase of New York’s famed Plaza Hotel. When he thought about it, though, he decided it was true — and admitted as much in a big, big way. “Almost every deal I have ever done has been at least partly for ...

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Tesla plans trucks, small SUV as part of future plans

Elon Musk, Tesla

DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors is working on multiple new vehicles, including heavy trucks and buses that could be unveiled as early as next year. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company also plans a compact SUV and “a new kind of pickup truck” to complement its existing fleet. Tesla currently makes a luxury sedan, the Model ...

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$250 million wind farm dedicated in northern North Dakota

The North Dakota Public Service Commission will hold hearings regarding the proposed Stark County wind farm. (Image: Duke Energy via Flickr)

ROLLA, N.D. (AP) — Officials have dedicated a $250 million wind farm in northern North Dakota that was more than a dozen years in the making. Xcel Energy’s Border Winds Farm north of Rolla has 75 turbines spread across 30 square miles of farmland. It employs 11 people and can produce 150 megawatts of electricity — enough to power more than 78,000 ...

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Over 10K gallons of oil, produced water spill near Keene

oil and water

KEENE, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials say more than 10,000 gallons of a mixture of oil and produced water have spilled at a well site in McKenzie County. The state’s Oil and Gas Division says the incident happened Tuesday at a site about 10 miles southeast of Keene. Officials say the incident was caused by a “piping connection leak.” The ...

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Feds order Spectra to conduct tests on pipelines after blast

Spectra Energy pipeline explosion

GREENSBURG, Pa (AP) — A federal agency has ordered a natural gas pipeline company to conduct additional assessments on three lines buried in western Pennsylvania, including one that has corrosion similar to a fourth line that blew up in April, scorching some 40 acres. The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says the other lines in Salem Township, Westmoreland County ...

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Saudi Aramco signs $13B deal for new domestic gas project

Saudi Aramco's core area which includes the headquarters and office buildings in Dhahran city. (Image: Eagleamn via Wikipedia)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — State-owned Saudi Aramco says it has signed a deal for a new gas project that will be worth more than 50 billion Saudi riyals ($13.3 billion) when complete in 2019 aimed at meeting the kingdom’s growing domestic demand for energy. The company on Wednesday said the project will help lessen dependence on oil for ...

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