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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.

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

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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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Rig count up 12, 200 over last year

baker hughes rig count

The Baker Hughes North American Rig Count showed an increase of 12 rigs exploring for oil and gas on Friday, Feb. 10. This number shows an increase of 200 rigs to a total of 741 over last year’s count. Confidence that OPEC may stay true to its agreement to cut production could be driving the rig count increase. The Permian ...

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Texas RR commissioner Sitton’s ethics questioned

Texas Railroad Commission, Sitton

When Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil, was picked by President Trump as secretary of state, immediately there were questions about potential conflicts of interest and the oil tycoon’s ability to made conflict-free decisions in his new role. So he agreed to sell more than 600,000 shares of his company, worth more than $54 million. He gave up potential ...

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Rig count continues to swell

baker hughes rig count

The Baker Hughes rig count Friday showed another significant increase in exploration for oil and gas. The rig count went from 712 to 729, an increase of 17. Of those rigs, 583 are exploring for oil and 145 are exploring for gas. All the additions this week were looking for oil. Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado and Wyoming each added one rig. ...

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Weatherford cuts 3,000 jobs

Texas oil, pumpjack

Weatherford International plans continued cost cuts to bring its net debt from $6.5 billion at the end of 2016 to less than $3 billion over the next four years, said CEO Krishna Shivram on a Feb. 2 conference call, reports the Houston Business Journal. Part of the plan to reduce costs comes in the form of job cuts. The company ...

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How farmers and ranchers are using spray foam insulation

spray foam, profoam

Most people typically think about spray foam insulation for home construction, commercial buildings, and roofing since it prevents leaks, wards off humidity and mitigates temperature fluctuation. It makes heating and cooling more cost-effective. But spray polyurethane foam, or SPF, has taken the agricultural industry by storm, too, with farmers and ranchers seeing the benefits of spray foam over other traditional ...

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Schlumberger projects global oil and gas drilling recovery

Schlumberger cuts more jobs in first quarter

During 2016, the “oil glut” that helped drive global oil prices down was the impetus for cutbacks by OPEC and other oil-producing nations. But oilfield services company Schlumberger chairman and CEO Paul Kibsgaard mentioned a shortage, not oversupply, of oil in years to come, reports Fuelfix. In a conference call with investors, Kibsgaard said drillers will need to begin putting ...

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Noble Energy to acquire Clayton Williams Energy

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With a recent Permian Basin acquisition worth around $6 billion, Exxon Mobil isn’t the only oil and gas company making waves in the new year. Noble Energy announced Jan. 16 it plans to acquire Clayton Williams Energy for $2.7 billion in Noble Energy stock and cash. The Noble Energy press release notes the acquisition will advance the companies goals within the ...

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