Noble Energy Inc is a Delaware corporation, incorporated on December 29, 1969. The Company is an independent energy company engaged in crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs) exploration and production. Its assets portfolio is diversified between short-term and long-term projects, domestic and international and a balanced production mix among crude oil, natural gas and NGLs. The Company operates in areas including USA (DJ Basin, Marcellus Shale, Eagle Ford Shale, and Permian Basin), deepwater Gulf of Mexico, offshore Eastern Mediterranean and offshore West Africa. The Company manages its business of crude oil, natural gas and NGL exploration, development, production and acquisition through the United States; West Africa (Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, and Gabon; Eastern Mediterranean (Israel and Cyprus); and Other International and Corporate. Other International includes the Falkland Islands, Suriname, the North Sea, China), and new ventures. The Company's business is subject to various laws and regulations (and orders of regulatory bodies pursuant thereto) governing a wide variety of matters, including, among others, allowable rates of production, transportation, prevention of waste and pollution, and protection of the environment.