Brazos Midstream Holdings LLC has completed multiple crude oil and gas gathering and processing projects in the southern Delaware Basin, a subbasin of the Permian Basin that is one of the most active oil- and gas-producing basins in the United States. Brazos commenced operation of a new 60 MMcf/d gas processing plant (Comanche I), several new compressor stations and 150 miles of large-diameter, low- and high-pressure gas gathering pipelines. The project also included the construction of 35 miles of crude oil gathering pipelines, two crude oil storage terminals with a combined capacity of 50,000 bbl and connections to multiple downstream crude oil pipelines. Brazos also has begun construction of a second gas processing plant (Comanche II), which will add 200 MMcf/d of capacity. Comanche II is expected to be operational during the first quarter of 2018 and will increase Brazos' total operated processing capacity in the Delaware Basin to 260 MMcf/d.
The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (EHP) has started a public health registry to gauge the impacts of shale oil and gas development on people living near upstream and midstream operations nationwide. Launched in partnership with the healthcare advocacy organization, Genetic Alliance, the voluntary online registry asks about demographics, proximity to operations, air and water exposure and health symptoms, among other things. Those living within five miles of upstream or midstream sites are encouraged to register. EHP believes the registry will help doctors and researchers better understand the impacts of natural gas development on public health.