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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.

Ask a Permian Landgirl

Kimberly Smith, fashioning herself as the Permian Landgirl, says hello on a recent Saturday afternoon over the airwaves from the KWEL radio station looking out on Wall Street in Midland. “Our show will focus on land and leasing,” she explains on her first Saturday at 1 p.m. “And we want our listeners to have a better mineral experience.” Mineral experience? ...

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Update on ethane ‘cracker’ petrochemical plant good news for Beaver County, leaders say

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State and Beaver County officials can’t wait for Royal Dutch Shell to decide whether it will build a multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant along the Ohio River. Now neighbors won’t have to wait to see intensified activity around the potential ethane “cracker” site. Company officials met with about 30 leaders in a private gathering in Hopewell on Thursday evening to update them ...

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OSHA calls for silica limit: Proposed silica limit would hurt fracking industry, group says


A proposed lower limit of silica exposure from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would drastically affect the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, industry, a trade group said. The American Petroleum Institute is one of about 80 organizations and industry groups that will speak in Washington, D.C., at hearings stretching from Tuesday through April 4. The hearings are a part of ...

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S.A. ranks among top 10 cities for solar power

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SAN ANTONIO — A top 10 list has shed some light on the importance of solar power in San Antonio. Fast Company reported that the Alamo City is the only Texas metropolitan area among the nation’s leaders for solar power. One Block Off the Grid, a firm that helps homeowners find suppliers and installers for solar panels, last month wanted ...

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Huge increase in crude oil by rail to Bay Area concerns local leaders

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RICHMOND — Bakken crude oil from North Dakota is part of the mix of increased crude-by-rail shipments into Contra Costa County, raising concerns from local leaders about whether current regulations are sufficient to minimize risks of transporting the volatile fossil fuel. “There’s a lot more to be learned, but Bakken (crude) is coming in now,” said Contra Costa County Hazardous ...

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Mexico’s Pemex mulls crude imports, more exports to India, Japan


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Pemex <PEMX.UL> is considering crude imports to boost local refinery output, but at the same time, it expects to sell more oil to India and Japan to diversify its export markets. The state-owned company could begin imports of light and intermediate crudes as early as this year to improve production of higher-value refined products like ...

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Natural-gas breakthrough could lead to cheaper fuel


A discovery in South Florida could lead to wider use of clean-burning fuels. Scientist Roy Periana, who heads the Scripps Energy Materials Center in Jupiter, has devised a more efficient method of converting the major components of natural gas into useable fuels. The discovery, announced Thursday, could open the door to cheaper, more abundant fuel with lower emissions, Scripps said. ...

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BP regains ability to do work for government

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The oil company behind the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history can once again perform work for the federal government. Under an agreement reached Thursday with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than two dozen BP entities and its Houston-based oil production and exploration arm can secure new government contracts. The company had been suspended from ...

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Can rail infrastructure get back on track?

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THE FIRST TIME a chunk of concrete from the scarred and pockmarked 86-year-old 25th Street Bridge in South Philadelphia rained down on Ed Penna’s car and cracked his windshield, he sent the repair bill to CSX Corp., the Florida-based transportation giant that owns the lengthy overpass and controls most rail freight on the East Coast. He said CSX laughed that ...

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EDITORIAL: North Texans deserve more immediate action in response to earthquakes


For people who live in and around Azle, patience has to be wearing thin. Since November, Azle and Reno have endured a spate of seismic activity believed to be related to 11 wastewater disposal wells used to get rid of wastes from gas drilling’s hydraulic fracturing process, known as fracking. The three-member Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and ...

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