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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 »
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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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 »
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)

Small Wyoming town evacuated after natural gas explosion

A small town in southwest Wyoming was evacuated Wednesday after an explosion and fire at a natural gas processing facility and major national pipeline hub. There were no reports of injuries.  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 »
(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Catholic sisters aim to purify Big Oil shale drilling

Even oil companies can’t escape the gaze of the biggest regulator of them all.  More »
Chevron's geothermal plant in Indonesia (Bloomberg News)

Report: Geothermal market booming abroad, flat in U.S.

A new report says the geothermal industry is booming internationally but is stagnant closer to home.  More »
The Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser (T-AO 187), left, delivers  fuel to the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) during the Great Green Fleet demonstration portion of Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2012 exercise in 2012. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, MC3 Ryan Mayes)

Navy develops fuel from seawater (video)

Navy researchers say they have turned seawater into fuel that could power military vehicles for less than $6 per gallon.  More »
Chevron's Pembroke oil refinery (Photo: Colin Bell)

US fuel exports soar to new milestone

The U.S. exported 3.5 million barrels per day of petroleum last year, the U.S. government reported Tuesday, a 10 percent increase from 2012.  More »
Northstar facility on the North Slope of Alaska. (BP)

BP selling stakes in Alaska’s North Slope to Houston company

BP is selling off stakes in four Alaskan oil fields near the gigantic Prudhoe Bay, a move that would cut about 15 percent of its crude production in the state, the company said late Tuesday.  More »
Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya (Bloomberg News)

Pemex CEO honored as oil exec of the year

International energy leaders named Pemex CEO Emilio Lozoya petroleum exec of the year.  More »
The shale drilling boom has increased the interest in information about upstream energy developments. (Jake Lacey/Houston Chronicle file photo)

Shale will be top revenue driver for most oil field services firms in 2014

Oil and natural gas locked in shale rock will account for most of the revenue flowing to more than half of oil field services firms and 40 percent of producers this year, a survey found this week.  More »
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