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Infrastructure Investments to Unlock Access to Utica Shale

Industry officials announced at a conference in Columbus, Ohio, that a series of infrastructure investments over the next year will begin to unlock access to the Utica Shale play. Projects currently underway by Dominion Transmission Inc. and Enterprise Products Partners LP, will respectively raise the regions capacity to separate valuable ethane from shale gas streams and help to deliver ethane from the Utica and Marcellus shale deposits to petrochemical plants on the Gulf Coast.  Marc Halbritter, managing director for commercial midstream operations for Dominion Transmission Inc., believes “these developments will break the bottleneck that has so far held back Utica Shale development,” allowing for growth and expansion of the play. Other major infrastructure additions are also under construction or planned.