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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.

Watford City sustains growth despite downturn

McKenzie County is still seeing growth, despite recent layoffs and budget cuts that have dominated recent news headlines. While drilling has indeed slowed, production holds steady. As a result: permanent jobs and a steady stream of economic growth in the region. People might not be flocking to the Bakken like they were two years ago, but population in McKenzie County ...

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Massive gas leak plugged; residents seek return to normal

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, crews work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. The escape of tons of natural gas from under a Los Angeles neighborhood is taking months to stop because of pressure from the leak. The leak at Porter Ranch started in October, and likely won’t be fixed for at least two more months. Officials have relocated several thousand residents who said the stench made them sick. (Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

LOS ANGELES — The massive gas leak that spewed uncontrollably for nearly four months drove thousands of Los Angeles residents to pack up and leave their homes, while others rode it out. Vicky Walker did both, turning her life upside down shuttling between hotels and home every few days, where she lived like a shut-in and stopped walking her dog ...

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Louisiana’s current budget woes mirror 1988 financial gaps

BATON ROUGE, La. — A new Louisiana governor inherits a massive budget mess, a state struggling with years of red ink that his predecessor patched through rather than fixing. Now, government services are on the chopping block, threatened with hefty reductions. Sound familiar? That was the scene when Buddy Roemer took over as Louisiana’s governor in March 1988. And it’s ...

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Louisiana editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: ____ Feb. 10 The Times-Picayune on offshore oil revenue: There are some numbers that everybody concerned about Louisiana’s eroding coast knows offhand. Every 38 minutes, the state loses about a football-field-sized chunk of land. In 2017, the state is scheduled to receive 37.5 percent of the royalties that come from offshore oil and gas exploration ...

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SC sues Energy Dept over unfinished nuclear fuel project

Savannah River Site; nuclear site

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has again sued the federal government over an unfinished project to convert nuclear weapons components into reactor fuel, saying in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that the administration has acted unconstitutionally in failing to complete the mixed-oxide facility by a Jan. 1 deadline. “The federal government has a responsibility to follow through with its promises,” ...

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Energy loans likely to cause further losses for big banks

FILE - This June 12, 2014 file photo shows an oil rig and pumps in Watford City, N.D. State data shows the number of rigs drilling in North Dakota's oil patch has dropped below 60 for the first time since 2009. Fifty-nine rigs were operating in western North Dakota's oil-producing region on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. That's down from 171 rigs on the same day one year ago due to slumping oil prices. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

NEW YORK — The nation’s six largest banks have hit an oil slick. They have tens of billions of dollars of exposure to risky energy loans that won’t all be paid back because low oil prices have sapped the profits of oil companies. The value of those loans will have to be written down even further, and bank profits are ...

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Mississippi close to landing big industry

Mississippi Map

JACKSON, Miss.— Mississippi could be days away from landing a major industrial project, as pieces of the recruitment effort including special utility rates and incentive legislation are moving forward. The state Public Service Commission voted 3-0 Tuesday to allow Energy Mississippi to offer a special electrical rate to an unnamed industry. Cecil Brown, Democratic Central District public service commissioner, said ...

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Facts and figures show the impact of low oil prices

Lonely gas station with palm tree

The impact of sharply lower oil prices is being felt around the globe. Oil-dependent countries are trying to mend busted budgets. Oil companies are cutting production and workers. While consumers in some countries enjoy lower gas prices, elsewhere consumers are paying higher food prices due to declines in the local currency. Some facts and figures to explain the regional impact: ...

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No injuries as fire closes New Orleans’ historic Canal St.

NEW ORLEANS — A stubborn six-alarm fire blanketed part of downtown New Orleans in eye-stinging smoke early Wednesday and forced the closure of historic Canal Street between the city’s central business district and the French Quarter. The blaze broke out in a largely empty four-story building and spread to an adjacent building. Flames were no longer visible and smoke had ...

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