Austin, TX-based data analytics company Drillinginfo has acquired the 1Derrick and PLS Inc. research and database businesses, which provide oil and gas information on sourcing, valuing and analyzing asset and corporate transactions. No financial details were provided. The acquisitions would expand Drillinginfo’s offerings in the energy sector regarding mergers/acquisitions and acquisitions/divestitures. 1Derrick provides business research and consulting for energy customers and frequently works with Houston-based PLS to provide data. PLS serves more than 2,200 corporate clients and 12,500 users worldwide. 

The Montana Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved the $5.3 billion merger of natural gas and power distributor Avista Corp. and Toronto-based Hydro One Ltd. Regulatory filings are pending in three other Pacific Northwest states -- Idaho, Oregon and Washington -- where Spokane, WA-based Avista has natural gas utility operations. The pending cases in Oregon and Washington include all-parties, all-issues settlement agreements. Earlier this month, Alaska's regulatory commission approved the merger, and earlier this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Federal Communications Commission separately approved the transaction.

Valley Crossing Pipeline LLC began construction Tuesday on its Border Crossing Project, the Houston-based Enbridge Inc. subsidiary said in a filing at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The project is a 1,000-foot stretch of 42-inch diameter pipeline that would extend from a point in Texas state waters, located about 30 miles east of Brownsville, to the international border with the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Rough weather in the nearby Gulf of Mexico had delayed the start of construction of a portion of the project. Valley Crossing received FERC authorization to begin construction of the Border Crossing Project three months ago.

Valley Crossing Pipeline LLC has begun construction on its Border Crossing Project, the Houston-based Enbridge Inc. subsidiary said in a filing at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The project is a 1,000-foot stretch of 42-inch diameter pipeline that would extend from a point in Texas state waters, about 30 miles east of Brownsville, to the international border with the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. Rough weather in the nearby Gulf of Mexico had delayed the start of construction of a portion of the project. Valley Crossing received FERC authorization to begin construction of the Border Crossing Project three months ago.

Vaquero Midstream LLC has begun processing rich natural gas through its second Caymus cryogenic processing plant in the Permian Basin with 200 MMcf/d of capacity. Caymus II joins twin processor Caymus I, commissioned in 2016, both part of the Caymus Natural Gas Processing Facility in Pecos County, TX. The plants, which have more than 135 miles of gathering pipelines, are anchored by long-term volume and acreage commitments from producers working in the Delaware sub-basin. The Lariat 24- and 30-inch diameter system traverses West Texas in Pecos, Reeves, Ward and Loving counties supported with more than 43,000 hp of field compression.

Dallas-based Pioneer Natural Resources Co. has agreed to sell all of its Raton Basin assets in southeastern Colorado, including natural gas wells and infrastructure, to Evergreen Natural Resources LLC for $79 million. Net production from the assets averaged 84 MMcf/d (14,000 boe/d) in 1Q2018, almost all natural gas. The transaction is expected to close by the end of July. The sale is expected to result in a pre-tax noncash loss of $65-75 million in 2Q2018.

Dallas-based Matador Resources Co.’s midstream joint venture, San Mateo Midstream LLC, has secured a long-term saltwater disposal agreement with an undisclosed Permian Basin operator working in Eddy County, NM. The agreement is to gather and dispose of saltwater from more than 65 oil and gas wells. A fourth commercial saltwater disposal well in the county is underway with a fifth one scheduled to be drilled later this year. Total saltwater disposal capacity is expected to reach 230,000 barrels/day combined in Eddy County and in Loving County, TX. San Mateo also expects to dispose of more than 200,000 barrels/day of saltwater from the Permian by early 2019.