Gas Processing Capacity Expanding in Utica’s Southern Core

To support rapidly expanding drilling programs in the Utica Shale’s southern core, MarkWest Utica EMG LLC on Friday agreed to construct a third 200 MMcf/d cryogenic natural gas processor at the Seneca complex in Noble County, OH.

June 3, 2013

Laredo Giving Permian Sole Focus

To give the growing Permian Basin its full focus, Laredo Petroleum Holdings Inc. has agreed to sell all of its Granite Wash properties in the Anadarko Basin to affiliates of EnerVest Ltd. for $438 million in cash.

May 23, 2013

Oversight of Colorado Spill Mitigation Changes

Colorado state authorities agreed over the weekend that going forward the mitigation of a natural gas liquids (NGL) spill near Parachute Creek will be led by the state Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE). The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC) will no longer be the lead agency.

April 30, 2013

Cubic Picking Up Gastar East Texas Assets for $46M

Gastar Exploration Ltd. has agreed to sell its East Texas assets to Cubic Energy Inc. for $46 million and will redeploy capital to higher-return projects in the Marcellus Shale and Hunton Limestone. Meanwhile, Cubic views its acquisition as an entry point to the oil-rich Eagle Ford and Woodbine formations.

April 23, 2013

State-Federal MOU Could Resolve Fracking Conflict

The federal government and states would reach a compromise on regulation of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) if the parties agreed to a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the issue, a Texas official told a House panel Wednesday.

April 22, 2013

TexStar Acquires Eagle Ford Shale Pipeline

TexStar Midstream Services LP has acquired Tierra Pipeline LP from The Tierra Companies, and the companies said they have tentatively agreed on the sale of trucking operator Tierra Transportation to Black Creek Well Services, a TexStar sister company, with closing expected by July 1.

April 22, 2013

Centrica, Qatar Petroleum Secure Canadian Natural Gas

Suncor Energy agreed Monday to sell onshore natural gas-weighted properties in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin for US$986 million to a newly established North American partnership between UK utility Centrica plc and Qatar Petroleum International (QPI). The estimated one-million acre-leasehold this year is expected to produce about 250 MMcfe/d.

April 16, 2013

Shale Growth Causing NatGas Pipeline ‘Replumbing,’ Says Braziel

The day-in and day-out reports from operators ready to build new natural gas pipelines and natural gas liquids (NGL) midstream infrastructure generally have had one thing in common over the past couple of years: most are for the Marcellus Shale. And that’s not going to change anytime soon, according to industry executives.

April 11, 2013

Shell, Volvo to Work on LNG Trucks

North American-based units of Royal Dutch Shell plc and Volvo Trucks have agreed to “collaborate and coordinate” on liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology in heavy duty commercial vehicles.

March 28, 2013

ExxonMobil Builds Woodford War Chest

ExxonMobil Corp.’s quest to remain the biggest operator in the Ardmore Basin’s Woodford Shale remains on track after the super major agreed to pay $147.5 million to buy the bulk of BNK Petroleum Inc.’s leasehold in the Tishomingo Field.

March 25, 2013