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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.

Rig count up for 10th straight week

baker hughes rig count

The total U.S. rig count increased seven this week for a total of 665, one ahead of last year’s total. Baker Hughes reported 529 rigs exploring for oil, with 135 exploring for natural gas. The Permian Basin still remains the rig leader, with 267 rigs in the area, up three from last week. Colorado gained one, Louisiana was up two, ...

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Halliburton hiring in West Texas

Halliburton hiring in Permian, An oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Permian Basin near Farmington, New Mexico. (Image courtesy of Encana Corp)

According to FuelFix, Halliburton is set to hire 200 workers in the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico. The Current-Argus reported that Halliburton spokeswoman Emily Mir said in late December there will be job opportunities throughout the Permian, including in Artesia. As the oil industry begins to see a small upswing, local businesses are crossing their fingers that ...

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Activity up, hiring increases in the Bakken

top 5 bakken stories of the week

Oil companies are hiring in the Bakken, and more jobs are expected to open up next year, according to the Bismarck Tribune today. Job Service North Dakota announced six oil companies are looking for workers to man fracking crews in the new year, said Cindy Sanford, customer service office manager of Job Service’s Williston branch. She said she couldn’t reveal ...

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Will Trump’s policies affect drilling or pipelines?

Oil field, Lost Hills, California (Image: Vincent Lammin) flickr

The election of Donald Trump has thrilled many people across the West’s oil and gas industry who say his promises to roll back regulations will free it from unfair and unnecessary obstacles imposed by President Obama, including drilling in the Western part of the United States. As California “If the Trump administration does nothing but stop being hostile to us, we’ll ...

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Obama’s offshore drilling ban–“Trump-proof”?

offshore drilling

In a historic move taken a month to the day before he hands over the White House to one of the most fossil-fueled administrations in U.S. history, President Obama answered the call of Native Alaskans, coastal residents and climate activists demanding offshore drilling bans, and stuck it to Donald Trump. Obama banned all future offshore oil and gas drilling from ...

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Chesapeake sells Haynesville assets for $450m

Chesapeake

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) will sell a portion of its acreage and producing properties in northern Louisiana’s Haynesville Shale for about $450 million, the Oklahoma City-based company announced Dec. 5, according to a recent article in the Houston Business Journal. While the HBJ said the buyer was undisclosed, Reuters sources revealed the buyer as Indigo Minerals LLC, a competing natural gas producer. ...

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Trump’s picks leave energy industry optimistic

oil men, Trump, cabinet

For those who have been frustrated with the Obama Administration’s policies on climate and energy, Trump’s choices of several oil men for executive positions have those in the oil and gas industry feeling optimistic that change is coming. A Fuelfix article earlier this week reminds us that government and oil haven’t always gotten along. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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Reducing Refrac Risk – A Strategy for Success in Uncertain Times

refrac, fracking, bob barba

The World Bank has forecast crude oil prices around $55 per barrel in 2017. Yet there is considerable uncertainty around the outlook. Ongoing negotiations among OPEC producers, and China’s transition from a manufacturing to a service-based economy, will both affect an already volatile market.  So, which companies will be in the best position to not only survive—but thrive—during times of uncertainty? ...

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Aggreko’s automated power control kit cuts fuel costs

power automation, aggreko

Houston–Power generation and HVAC specialty rental company Aggreko, plc has launched a unique power automation system that eliminates idling and saves up to 65% in fuel costs. The unique technology also reduces emissions, regardless of the fuel source. Aggreko’s scalable power automation systems can be retrofitted on diesel and natural gas generator sets and incorporates a hybrid battery control kit ...

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Hamm: Pruitt is a great pick to lead the EPA

Pruitt, EPA

This week, President-elect Donald Trump made another appointment that will directly influence the oil and gas industry in the United States. Trump named Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as his choice to run the agency that makes many energy industry folks shudder, just by hearing the name. However, Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is what drilling ...

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