Marathon Oil Corp. is raising its production forecasts for its North Dakota's Bakken Shale operations. It expects production in the Bakken to average 27,500 boe/d this year, up from 24,000 bbls in December.

In the winter of 2012 a mostly snowless and relatively warm Bakken Shale play in northwest North Dakota was trucking about 70% of its oil supplies in the gathering and processing phase as production continued at an all-time record clip averaging 546,000 bpd in January. New midstream infrastructure construction was limited to intrastate shipments within an under-developed gathering and processing system.

The Utica Shale could be responsible for 65,000 jobs and as much as $5 billion in growth for Ohio by 2014, according to a study released by the Ohio Shale Gas Coalition.

Crestwood Holdings will acquire certain of Antero’s Marcellus Shale gathering system assets located in Harrison and Doddridge counties, West Virginia for $375 million in cash.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners will pay $855 million to Petrohawk Energy Corp. and assume $65 million in debt for Petrohawk's 50% interest in KinderHawk Field Services.

A new oil pipeline with potential capacity of up to 400,000 bpd linking Colombia's Llanos basin to the Pacific coast could be operational by the end of 2016, according to Rigzone.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. plans to construct two more NGL fractionators at its Mont Belvieu, TX complex to provide 150,000 bpd of incremental fractionation capacity.

ONEOK Partners L.P. plans to invest $1.5 -1.8 billion through 2015 to build a 1,300-mile crude oil pipeline with the capacity to transport 200,000 bpd.

NiSource Gas Transmission and Storage’s Midstream Services announced a major midstream initiative in the Utica play in eastern Ohio.

Williams Partners announced March 19 that it will acquire Caiman Eastern Midstream LLC in the natural gas liquids-rich portion of the Marcellus Shale for approximately $2.5 billion.

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