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American Energy Partners LP Acquiring WV Marcellus Acreage

The State Journal reports that American Energy – Marcellus LLC, a subsidiary of Oklahoma City based American Energy Partners LP, has agreed to acquire 48,000 leasehold acres in Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Tyler and Wetzel Counties in West Virginia from East Resources, Inc. and an unnamed third party.  The deal to acquire West Virginia leasehold properties is part of a larger $4 billion effort by American Energy Partners to enter the Southern Marcellus and Permian Basin plays in West Virginia and West Texas and to expand its holdings in the Utica Shale in Ohio.  The companies plan to operate four to six rigs on the newest West Virginia and Ohio acquisitions by the end of 2014.  American Energy – Marcellus LLC expects the West Virginia property to produce 135 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day by the time the deal closes.