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Oil industry cartoon targets anti-Keystone cowboys

A coalition of Native American groups and cattle ranchers -- the Cowboy and Indian Alliance -- take a horseback ride around the Mall in Washington, D.C. as a protest of the proposed construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, April 22, 2014. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
Cowboys and Indians who rode on horseback through the nation’s capital this week to protest against the Keystone XL pipeline are fighting back against a new oil industry ad satirizing the effort. More »
Noble Corp. opened a new training center in Sugar Land, Texas in August 2013. The state-of-the-art facility uses realistic simulations to keep employees up-to-speed on operating offshore drilling equipment. (Ryan Holeywell/Houston Chronicle)

Inside Noble Corp.’s new high-tech training center (photos)

As offshore drilling contractor Noble Corp. focuses increasingly on the most high-tech rigs, training has become even more critical to the way it does business.  More »
Don Robicheaux, safety coordinator for Marathon, stands in front of a crude unit, part of Marathon's estimated $3.2 billion expansion in Garyville, La. (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber, file)

Marathon proposes Louisiana refinery expansion

Marathon Petroleum Corp. said it is taking the next step toward a potential $2.2 billion to $2.5 billion upgrade to the company’s Garyville refinery.  More »
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More drilling, capital needed to sell shale, PE investor says

The euphoria that drove a land rush in U.S. shale plays has in recent years given way to reality: Not all shale rocks were created equal. Buyers are now a lot more skeptical of any oil land on the sales block, says a private equity investor who is establishing a new office in Houston this week.  More »
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President Barack Obama speaks at the TransCanada Pipe Yard in Cushing, Okla. in 2012.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Rolling Stone: Obama largely has decided to reject Keystone XL

A new Rolling Stone magazine report says President Barack Obama has all but decided to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, citing two high-level Obama administration sources.  More »
Officials gather at the site of an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Opal, Wyo.   (Rachel Anderson/AP)

Wyoming gas explosion prompts evacuation of town

There’s no estimate of when residents will be allowed to go home because it’s not known how long it will take for all the gas in the plant to burn off, a county spokesman said.  More »
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Pirates pilfer fuel from Thai tanker off Malaysia

A maritime watchdog says pirates pilfered diesel fuel from a Thai tanker last week in Malaysian waters, making two such attacks in a week.  More »
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Pennsylvania township approves permits for airport drilling

Supervisors in a western Pennsylvania township have approved permits for a company to drill for natural gas at Pittsburgh International Airport with almost two dozen conditions.  More »
Most of Israel’s gas is contained in two offshore fields in the Mediterranean Sea: Tamar, seen here, which began production in March, and Leviathan, about twice Tamar’s size. (Albatross via Getty Images)

Noble Energy earnings down 23 percent

Exploration and production company Noble Energy saw its first quarter profits slide 23 percent but pointed to growing production domestically and abroad.  More »
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Oil near $102 on Ukraine crisis, Libya export woes

The price of oil rebounded to near $102 a barrel Thursday on worries about tensions in Ukraine and continued concerns about crude exports from Libya and Nigeria.  More »
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Enterprise to build ethane export facility near Texas coast

Enterprise Products Partners is planning to build an ethane export facility along the Gulf Coast, capable of loading 240,000 barrels per day of liquefied gas onto tankers headed for international buyers.  More »
(AP Photo/Skagit Valley Herald, Scott Terrell)

Canada to end tankers linked to Quebec explosion

Canada said Wednesday it was phasing out the type of rail tankers involved in last summer’s massive explosion of a runaway oil train that incinerated much of a town in Quebec, killing 47 people and prompting intense public pressure to make oil trains safer.  More »
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