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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.

Thanks to the Wolfcamp, Permian Basin breaks another record

Permian Basin, Wolfcamp

The U.S. Geological Service (USGS) announced the estimate of continuous oil in the Wolfcamp shale in the Midland Basin portion of the Permian Basin is almost three times that of the 2013 USGS Bakken-Three Forks resource assessment. This makes the the Wolfcamp the largest estimated continuous oil accumulation that the USGS has assessed in the United States–ever. The USGS estimates ...

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U.S. rig count declines by 1 to 568

baker hughes rig count

Baker Hughes’ latest rig count report shows the number of rigs drilling for oil rose by two this week to 452. Rigs drilling for natural gas was down 2. The total rig count fell by one to 568, still higher than the May low of 404. Total offshore rigs are down 12 from last year at this time. States losing ...

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Trump election shows promise for oil and gas industry

harold hamm endorses donald trump

The U.S. oil and gas industry shows tentative hope that a new Trump administration will “re-ignite growth in the sector,” according to a Forbes article Friday. Frank Murphy, managing director of RW Baird, said: The 45th president will likely remove regulatory impediments imposed by the Obama administration that have stymied oil and gas drilling and infrastructure buildout. Forbes reported Murphy ...

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Veterans Day 2016 – a short look back

soldier, kids, veterans day

There’s no school. The post office shuts down. Even the federal reserve takes a holiday on November 11th. Why? It’s a “holiday” to honor all service men and women: Veterans Day.   Many forget why the holiday exists. There are few WWI veterans who are still with us. The war that introduced trench warfare and was considered one of the ...

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2016 Texas Oil & Gas Awards Winners Announced

oil and gas awards

The 4th annual Texas gala ceremony was held in Houston on November 3rd at DoubleTree by Hilton Houston Greenway Plaza where hundreds of oil and gas executives gathered together to celebrate leading companies in operational excellence, innovation, corporate social responsibility, health and safety as well as environmental stewardship. Congratulations to our 2016 Texas Oil & Gas Awards Winners: Trucking Company of ...

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Hamm joins Trump’s short list of cabinet prospects

trump, hamm, cabinet

As the dust settles from this year’s presidential election, conversation has already turned to Donald Trump’s proposed cabinet. Big names like Rudy Guiliani, former New York City Mayor, and other “like-minded CEOs,” top the list for positions in Trump’s cabinet. What does this mean for the oil and gas industry? One of the industry’s most prominent businessmen could hold a ...

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Iran makes $6 billion deal with Total, CNPC

total SA, Iran

According to the Wall Street Journal, Iran plans to sign a preliminary $6 billion deal with Total SA on Tuesday to help develop an onshore gas field. The move by Total is the first return by a Western energy company since sanctions were lifted this year. Total was long one of the most active Western oil companies in Iran, and ...

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ConocoPhillips adds to rigs to the Eagle Ford

Eagle Ford news, rig count, oil

ConocoPhillips, a leading independent oil exploration and production company, plans to add two drilling rigs to its Eagle Ford operations as it pivots investment away from deepwater projects toward onshore shale fields, company executives said Thursday. The announcement came during the Houston-based company’s third-quarter earnings call. The rig count, the number of active drilling rigs, in the Eagle Ford peaked ...

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Industry closely watches Monterey County fracking ban measure

Monterey oil field, fracking ban.

Fracking bans. It’s not the first time these words have reverberated across the oil and gas industry. It’s two tiny words that could mean that men and women are out of jobs, and oil and gas stays in the ground, since many reserves just can’t be reached through conventional drilling. In the United States, Vermont banned fracking in 2012, the ...

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Spray foam insulation can prevent winter woes

spray foam insulation

It’s getting colder, and you’re probably thinking about the effect of cold, wintry weather on your snug, warm home. How can you keep those heat bills down? And is there a solution actually works? You might be surprised to find out that preventing heat and energy loss in your home is one of the main benefits of adding spray polyurethane ...

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