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An Indonesian National Search and Rescue Agency boat patrols the Malacca Strait off Aceh province located in the area of northern Sumatra island on March 12, 2014 in search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.  ( AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy tie to Malaysian jet mystery? (video)

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Did an oil rig worker see the Malaysian jet going down?
Johan Vold, managing director of the Oslo Energy Forum, speaks about opening the Arctic to oil and gas drilling during the Houston Shipping & Offshore Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Melting Arctic easing access to fossil fuels

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More direct northern sea routes may be opening up in the Arctic, as the melting of the ice has made previously unnavigable routes a growing possibility for large ships, including tankers carrying oil and gas, an expert said Wednesday at the Third Houston Shipping and Offshore Conference.
This underwater image taken and released by Brazil's Environment and Natural Resources Institute, IBAMA, shows an oil spill in an offshore field operated by Chevron oil company at the Bacia de Campos, in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, Nov. 11, 2011. More than 2,600 barrels of oil may have spilled into the Atlantic ocean because of a leak at an offshore Chevron drilling site, IBAMA officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Ibama)

Chevron spill unlikely to prompt new Brazilian rules

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While fallout from the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill reverberated across the deep-water drilling industry last year, the oil leaking into Brazil’s Atlantic waters this month won’t create such major waves, energy analysts say.
The Eirik Raude semi-submersible rig operates on the Jubilee Field offshore Ghana. (Photo: Tullow Oil)

Tullow, Shell find oil deposit in French Guiana

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Tullow Oil Plc, the U.K. explorer behind West Africa’s biggest offshore discovery in a decade, said an offshore find in French Guiana opened up a new hydrocarbon basin on the other side of the Atlantic.