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Williams' board has voted to approve the company's Bluegrass Pipeline project. The company has been engaged in development work on the proposed natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline, which has a targeted in-service date of late 2015. The Bluegrass Pipeline will connect supply from the Marcellus and Utica shales to growing petrochemical and export markets in the U.S. Gulf Coast (see Shale Daily, May 30; March 7). The pipeline also will connect NGL supply with the developing petrochemical market in the U.S. Northeast. Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP in May formalized joint-venture agreements tied to the project and related fractionation, storage and export projects.

Water recycler Aqua-Pure Ventures Inc. unit Fountain Quail Water Management has contracted with Pioneer Natural Resources Co. to install two recycling water treatment units at Pioneer's Upton and Reagan County, TX, operations in the Permian Basin. The units are expected to begin operating during the third quarter. Fountain Quail will receive a processing fee based on the quantity of water treated, with a minimum volume of 3,000 b/d. Pioneer is one of the most active drillers in the Spraberry/Wolfcamp oil field in the Permian Basin. The contract is Fountain Quail's second in the Permian Basin. Fountain Quail also is active in the Eagle Ford Shale (see Shale Daily, June 29, 2011).

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