NiSource, Hilcorp Partner in Utica Midstream, Upstream Ventures

NiSource Inc. has clinched two joint ventures (JV) in the Utica Shale with Hilcorp Energy Co. to construct midstream facilities and to develop a “significant acreage block” in the Utica/Point Pleasant formation in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania.

July 10, 2012

Chesapeake: One Nation, Under Natural Gas…

Chesapeake Energy Corp. over the Fourth of July holiday launched an online initiative urging Americans to join the company in pushing for domestic energy independence by using more U.S. natural gas to ease dependence on OPEC.

July 10, 2012

New Sand Storage Facility Planned to Serve Eagle Ford Fracking

U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. and BNSF Railway Co. are partnering to meet the needs of Eagle Ford Shale producers for sand to be used as proppant in their hydraulic fracturing (fracking) operations.

June 22, 2012

TCEQ Planning Barnett Shale Permitting Rule Changes

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is considering revisions to requirements for the Air Quality Standard Permit for Oil and Gas Handling and Production Facilities, which are used to authorize oil and gas facilities in the Barnett Shale of North-Central Texas.

June 18, 2012

DOJ Asked to Probe Natural Gas Shut-Ins

A Washington, DC-based watchdog group last week called on the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate whether large natural gas producers, notably Chesapeake Energy Corp. and ConocoPhillips, are conspiring to limit their production to raise the price of natural gas in violation of the antitrust laws. ConocoPhillips said the allegations are “without foundation.”

June 11, 2012

Pennsylvania to Collect Royalties for Gas Under Public Waterways

Under a new policy by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), operators will be required to sign a lease and make royalty payments to the state for natural gas gathered from wells adjacent to navigable streams, lakes and waterways.

June 5, 2012

Former Presidents Are Stars of New Natural Gas Industry Ad Campaign

Six former presidents will be appearing in commercials supporting natural gas that will air in theaters before motion pictures this summer, thanks to a new advertising campaign by the American Clean Skies Foundation (ACSF), a nonprofit natural gas advocacy group.

June 4, 2012

Pennsylvania Families Allege Water Contamination, Conspiracy

Three families in western Pennsylvania have filed a lawsuit against 17 defendants, including an operator for Range Resources Corp. and two independent water testing labs, alleging that a drilling and impoundment site caused health problems. The plaintiffs also accused Range and the labs of conspiring to hide evidence of drinking water contamination.

May 31, 2012

Four Producers to Anchor PVR Partners Marcellus Expansion

Midstream operations in the Marcellus Shale are significantly expanding for Penn Virginia Resource Partners LP (PVR), after the partnership inked agreements with four of the biggest natural gas producers to extend its Lycoming County, PA, pipeline system to provide access to multiple markets.

May 22, 2012

MarkWest Buys Appalachian System, Pledges to Expand

MarkWest Energy Partners LP is building out its services for Appalachian rich-gas producers with the $512 million acquisition of Pennsylvania-based Keystone Midstream Services LLC.

May 9, 2012