LDH Energy Pipeline LP said that it has completed construction of a natural gas liquids pipeline from Hull, TX, to the Mont Belvieu natural gas liquids hub. The pipeline construction and commissioning were completed earlier this month with initial product deliveries beginning last week. Joe Rothbauer, vice president of midstream operations for LDH Energy Pipeline, said, “The pipeline extension will provide incremental natural gas liquid capacity for Permian Basin, East Texas and Barnett Shale development. The 31-mile pipeline will provide direct access to the Mont Belvieu natural gas liquids hub and allows LDH Energy Pipeline to fully utilize the capacity of the entire pipeline system.” Construction of the Hull to Mont Belvieu extension began in late 2006. The 12-inch pipeline has a capacity of more than 130,000 b/d.

The Montana/Dakotas Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer 337,869 acres of federal land in an oral oil and gas lease auction on July 31 at the BLM Montana State Office in Billings. The sale involves 197 parcels totaling 337,869 acres. Montana parcels are located in Pondera, Garfield, Carbon, Powder River, Carter, McCone and Richland counties. North Dakota parcels are located in Divide, Burke, Mountrail, McKenzie, Bowman, Ward and Williams counties. Leases are for a primary term of 10 years and “will continue beyond the primary term as long as the lease is producing in paying quantities or receiving production from another source.” The complete list of parcels is available on the Montana/Dakotas BLM website, https://www.blm.gov/mt/st/en.html. Protests of the July 31 lease auction are due at the BLM Montana State Office by 4 p.m. on July 16. The BLM has tentatively scheduled its next lease auction for Oct. 9.

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