Enterprise Products Partners LP is holding a binding open commitment period through Sept. 27 for capacity on the Appalachia-to-Texas (Atex Express) pipeline. The 1,230-mile system will deliver ethane from the Marcellus and Utica shale areas of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to Mont Belvieu, TX (see Shale Daily, Jan. 5). “While the long-term commitments we already have are more than sufficient to proceed with the development of Atex Express pipeline, we continue to receive steady interest from other producers seeking long-term transportation capacity,” said Jim Teague, chief operating officer of Enterprise’s general partner. For information contact Russ Kovin at (713)381-7925, or rkovin@eprod.com.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Association (COGA) is running a radio advertising campaign in the Colorado Springs area opposing increased regulation of oil and gas activities. Recently, Erie, CO, reached agreements with Encana Oil & Gas Co. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to impose some best management practices that the state will enforce (see Shale Daily, Aug. 30). COGA’s radio ad features the owner of a small energy business, Lone Star Energy, advocating more drilling as a basis of creating jobs. The association is opposing “local cities and counties…adopting new, duplicative energy regulations on top of the significant regulations already imposed by state and federal regulators.” State officials, including Gov. John Hickenlooper, have warned that a “confusing patchwork” of regulation could stifle natural gas development in Colorado.