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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.

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Permian jobs

The Permian Basin seems to be growing when everyone else is still adjusting to a “new normal” with lower oil prices and smaller work crews. While many oil and gas companies as well as oilfield services companies are still hiring, the Permian is seeing what some are referring to as a “little boom.” So if you want to work in ...

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Stay Safe and Smart During Your Downtime

DUI, driving while intoxicated, drunk driving, workplace safety

As a pipeline worker, you likely give your job your all, and on any given week you can quickly log in over 40 hours of hard labor. As you well know, it’s common to have a few drinks with your coworkers, particularly in towns where there’s little else to do but go to a bar. While there’s nothing wrong with ...

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Oil rig count up 7th straight week, gas count down

baker hughes rig count

The Baker Hughes rig count rose to 756 this week, with a gain of 7 rigs exploring for oil and gas. The U.S. gas rig count dropped by 5, according to data from Baker Hughes March 3. According to Business Insider, WTI crude oil futures are headed for a weekly loss of 1.5%, following data from the Energy Information Administration ...

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Humor in the Oilfield Finally Has A Book

oilfield book, ficus tree, Jeff Miller

These days, there hasn’t been much humor floating around, especially for the oil and gas industry. But one person, with over 40 years of experience in the industry, has managed to find humor in almost everything he’s been involved with over the years.  And he put it in a book. Jeff Miller, frequent contributor to the Energy Media Group has ...

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Epic pipeline from Permian to Corpus Christi announced

Epic pipeline, Permian pipeline

Yet another pipeline is in the works. A 730-mile cross-Texas pipeline would take crude oil and condensates from the Permian Basin to the Port of Corpus Christi and other area drop-offs. The so-called Epic Pipeline would have a maximum capacity of 440,000 barrels per day with crude pickup points include Orla, Pecos, Crane and Midland, according to a news release. ...

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Fewer homes available in Permian area

homes for sale in Midland, Permian Basin

Does the kick in activity indicate another “boom” cycle in the Permian? While it’s likely that we won’t see $100 oil, and the scramble to “drill, baby, drill” isn’t quite the same as in 2013-2014, activity in the Permian basin continues to increase more than in other shale plays across the country. One result–fewer homes available for purchase. A lack ...

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Huge shortage of well inspectors leaves many unmonitored

A pump jack works to extract oil and gas from a well in Wyoming's Niobrara shale

Maybe becoming a well inspector is your next job. The Houston Chronicle reported today that several thousand wells just haven’t been checked recently. Not because oil and gas operations are so efficient that there are never any mistakes. But because there just aren’t enough inspectors to go around. Commissioners report that approximately 65 percent of wells haven’t been inspected for ...

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Coal dominates in Texas as energy source

wind, texas, texas energy

According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, coal was the number one energy source for Texas in January, reports FuelFix. Coal provided nearly 36 percent of Texas’ energy, followed by natural gas at 30 percent and wind at 20 percent. Natural gas prices increased in January, which led to higher demand for the cheaper coal. Typically, natural gas is the dominant source ...

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