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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 »
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 »
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Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance (CIA), a group of ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders, ride horses past the U.S. Capitol during a protest against the Keystone XL pipeline on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. TransCanada Corp. is awaiting a U.S. permit to build the northern leg of Keystone XL, which would supply U.S. Gulf Coast refineries with crude from Alberta's oil sands. Because it crosses an international boundary, the proposal requires State Department approval. (Pete Marovich/Bloomberg)

Cowboys and Indians join forces to protest Keystone XL (photos)

A group of ranchers, farmers and indigenous leaders set up an unusual display in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, building a teepee encampment on the National Mall and riding horses past the Capitol to oppose the border-crossing pipeline.  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 »
Priscilla Ridley holds a rope before equipment is hoisted on Shell's Nanuq oil recovery and supply vessel, during oil spill response training in Valdez, Alaska in 2012. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Report: US ill prepared to tackle Arctic oil spills

The United States is ill prepared to tackle oil spills in the Arctic, whether from drilling or vessels traveling through newly passable waterways once clogged with ice, according to a National Research Council report released Wednesday.  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 »
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Hess to sell $1 billion in assets to Thai oil company

PTT Exploration & Production Pcl, Thailand’s biggest publicly listed oil and natural gas explorer, agreed to pay about $1 billion cash for Hess Corp. (HES)’s stakes in oil and gas assets in Thailand.  More »
Singapore-owned tanker Naniwa Maru 1 is anchored at Klang port, Malaysia, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 after being robbed by pirates. Pirates stopped the tanker in the Malacca Strait and stole several million liters of diesel fuel it was carrying, Malaysian marine police said Wednesday. Marine police deputy commander Abdul Rahim Abdullah said the tanker was sailing from Singapore to Myanmar when it was boarded by up to 10 pirates armed with pistols and machetes early Tuesday off the port. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

Pirates rob Singapore tanker of diesel

the ship’s captain, chief engineer and a supporting crewmember are missing. Authorities are probing the possibility that the three may be involved in the robbery.  More »
A crewman directs a pipe for the southern leg of TransCanada's Keystone XL project as it's lowered into the ground in Wood County, Texas. The northern portion is awaiting approval by the Obama administration. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Latest Keystone delay ignored as Canadian oil stocks rally

“If Keystone gets approved, then great, but the system is working fine without it,” said Robert Mark, director of research at MacDougall, MacDougall & MacTier Inc. “There’s a lot of Keystone fatigue out there.”  More »
Minnesota Mark Dayton speaks at a news conference in the Governor's Reception room at the State Capitol in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores, File)

Governor dodges calls to halt frack sand mining

Mining opponents delivered a moratorium petition to St. Paul Tuesday as part of an Earth Day rally at the Capitol.  More »
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North Dakota tribes’ oil output rivals US states

Oil production on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota has become so large that it would rank among the top 10 oil producing states in the nation, a tribal leader said Tuesday.  More »
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