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EQT Corp. will file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of common units of a master limited partnership that would own portions of the assets of Equitrans, L.P., EQT’s interstate pipeline subsidiary.

Energy Spectrum Partners V LP is selling its interests in Velocity South Texas Gathering, LLC, a subsidiary of Velocity Midstream Partners, LLC, to Plains All American Pipeline, LP.

The Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas is not just hot, it’s sizzling these days. A number of oil companies last year discovered huge pools of oil and gas in the region, which stretches across 24 counties. Until the Bakken play in the upper Midwest takes hold, many experts are saying that not only was the Eagle Ford the hottest oil play in the U.S. for 2011, but it’s likely just getting started.

Ziff Energy released a report last summer analyzing the pipeline infrastructure costs on 120 new gas pipeline projects in the Marcellus, Eagle Ford, Haynesville, Barnett, Woodford, Fayetteville and Horn River shale gas regions over the past decade.

Midstream goes mainstream in the natural gas business as midstream activities continue to take the spotlight. New gathering systems and intrastate pipelines along with additional gas treating, processing, and fractionating plants are announced frequently.

Royal Dutch Shell is "very interested" in onshore U.S. shale oil, but the company is focusing on less developed plays to bypass the pricey competitive rush for more established acreage, the head of Shell's Americas operations recently told Reuters.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Chesapeake Energy Corp. have entered into a long-term contract in which Chesapeake will anchor Enterprise’s proposed long-haul ethane pipeline from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the Gulf Coast.

U.S. shale gas could be exported for the first time after an $8 billion deal was reached between the BG Group and Cheniere Energy. The gas is likely to be sent to countries in Asia and Europe, including the UK, after it is liquefied. The price of gas in the U.S. is one-fourth of the price in Asia and about half the price in the UK.

Enterprise Products Partners announced several new construction projects that will extend and expand its natural gas and NGL infrastructure in South Texas to accommodate expected production growth from the Eagle Ford shale play.

El Paso has placed its 1,100-mile Marcellus Ethane Pipeline project on hold after lackluster interest from producers.

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