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El Paso and Spectra announced that their jointly developed project, Marcellus Ethane Pipeline System (MEPS), is holding a 30-day open season.

Koch Pipeline Company, L.P. received final shareholder approval to build a 20-inch crude oil pipeline between Pettus and Corpus Christi, TX to move Eagle Ford production.

As a nation as well as an industry we should be grateful for the apparent wealth of natural gas we are finding throughout the United States. It means a reliable, relatively inexpensive energy source for years to come in addition to badly needed jobs, tax revenues for governmental entities, and increased energy independence.

New areas of hydrocarbon production in the U.S. and Canada are supplying more and more natural gas, crude oil and natural gas liquids (NGLs) as production comes from shale deposits and other unconventional resources.

The seventh annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference, presented by Pipeline & Gas Journal and the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), was held April 19 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Houston. The event drew more than 400 attendees who came to hear 16 key industry executives discuss activities and issues related to today’s challenges for U.S. oil and gas pipelines. Pipeline safety was also a considerable focus of this year’s program along with an Alaskan Natural Gas Pipeline update and a session on new pipeline construction opportunities.

Eagle Ford Gathering LLC announced agreements to provide transportation, processing and fractionation services to Petrohawk Energy Corporation and Rosetta Resources Operating LP in the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas.

Widespread exploitation of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques has made it possible to extract vast amounts of natural gas previously locked in shale formations throughout the United States. This relatively recent development has likely changed the domestic energy landscape for decades to come.

Dow Chemical Company announced comprehensive plans to increase ethylene and propylene production and to integrate its U.S. operations into feedstock opportunities available from increasing supplies of shale gas in the Marcellus and Eagle Ford shale regions.

The Potential Gas Committee’s (PGC) 2010 biennial report: Potential Supply of Natural Gas in the United States finds nation possesses an undiscovered natural gas resource potential of 1,898 Tcf, the highest resource evaluation in the PGC’s 46 year history — exceeding by 61 Tcf the previous record-high assessment from year-end 2008.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. has agreed to pay $855 million to Petrohawk Energy Corporation and assume $65 million in debt for Petrohawk’s 50% interest in KinderHawk Field Services.

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