EnLink Midstream Partners LPplans to construct the Greater Chickadee crude oil gathering project in Upton and Midland counties in Texas to serve Permian Basin producers. The partnership said it would invest $70-80 million to build the system, which would include more than 150 miles of high- and low-pressure pipelines to transport oil to major market outlets and other hub centers in the Midland, TX, area. The project also includes central tank batteries and pump, truck injection and storage stations. The initial phase is expected to be operational in the second half of this year with full service expected in early 2017. Greater Chickadee, supported by long-term, fee-based agreements, includes about 35,000 dedicated acres in Upton County where current output is .more than 10,000 b/d. Last November, an EnLink unit agreed to pay $40 million to Apache Corp. to acquire full ownership of their jointly owned Deadwood natural gas processing facility in the Permian (see Shale Daily,Nov. 17, 2015).
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Michael Guesman, an employee of Hardrock Excavating LLC, admitted Thursday that he dumped oilfield waste into a storm drain that empties into the Mahoning River near Youngstown, OH, a violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) that prompted the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to permanently revoke the operating permits for Hardrock and a second company also alleged to have violated the CWA.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has ordered Harch Environmental Resources Inc., a brine waste hauler, to cease operations in the state after finding evidence that the company illegally dumped oilfield waste at a farm in Belmont County. Regulators also took aim at Gulfport Energy Corp., which had contracted with the hauler.