The 2021 Babst Calland Report Highlights Legal and Regulatory Perspectives at a Transformational Time for the U.S. Energy Industry

A Recent Conversation with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin Featured in this Report Law firm Babst Calland today published its 11th annual energy industry report: The 2021 Babst Calland Report – Legal & Regulatory Perspectives for the U.S. Energy Industry(…)

The Babst Calland Report Highlights Legal and Regulatory Challenges for the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry

The law firm of Babst Calland published its 10th annual energy industry report: The 2020 Babst Calland Report – The U.S. Oil & Gas Industry: Federal, State, Local Challenges & Opportunities; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and M(…)

The 2019 Babst Calland Report Highlights Federal, State and Local Challenges and Opportunities for the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry

The law firm of Babst Calland today released its annual energy industry report: The 2019 Babst Calland Report – The U.S. Oil and Gas Industry: Federal, State and Local Challenges & Opportunities; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and(…)

The 2018 Babst Calland Report Focuses on the Appalachian Basin Oil & Gas Industry Forging Ahead Despite Obstacles

Babst Calland today released its annual energy industry report: The 2018 Babst Calland Report – Appalachian Basin Oil & Gas Industry: Forging Ahead Despite Obstacles; Legal and Regulatory Perspective for Producers and Midstream Operators.  This an(…)

Energy Transfer Partners to Invest $1.5 Billion for Marcellus Shale Midstream Project in Pennsylvania

Energy Transfer Partners LP announced that it will invest $1.5 billion for a new pipeline system and processing facilities to serve the Marcellus Shale in and around Butler County, Pennsylvania.  The new facilities are expected to be operational by mi(…)

First Installment of Quadrennial Energy Review Recommends Investment in Energy Infrastructure

The White House recently released a report from the first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), focusing on U.S. energy transmission, storage and distribution infrastructure.  In January 2014, President Obama directed the administration to conduct the QER(…)

Sunoco Moves Forward With Marcellus/Utica Pipeline

Fox Business reported that Sunoco Logistics Partners will invest $2.5 billion in the Mariner East 2 pipeline, which will carry natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica Shale plays to an East Coast port. Mariner East 2 will connect processing p(…)

Mountaineer Keystone LLC finalizes acquisition of PDC Mountaineer LLC

As reported by the Pittsburgh Business Times on October 15, 2014, Wexford-based Marcellus driller Mountaineer Keystone LLC has finalized its acquisition of joint-venture partner PDC Mountaineer LLC for a reported sale price of $500 million. PDC Mounta(…)

Utica and Marcellus to Provide Gas to TransCanada's ANR Pipeline

TransCanada Corporation’s ANR Pipeline system has secured nearly 2.0 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas transportation commitments for the movement of oil and gas produced from the Utica and Marcellus formations through its Southeast Main Line.(…)

Utica East Ohio Adds Capacity to Natural Gas Processing Plant

A third, 160-foot demethanizer tower was completed January 11th at the Utica East Ohio Kensington Plant in Columbiana County, Ohio.  The plant serves as a collection and compression point for harvested natural gas from the Utica Shale. The tower, whic(…)

Devon and Crosstex Plan New Midstream Business

Devon Energy Corporation, Crosstex Energy, Inc. and Crosstex Energy, L.P. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine midstream assets, including gathering and transportation pipelines, gas processing, fractionation and log(…)

Beaver County Creates Tax-Exempt Zone For Proposed Ethane Cracker Plant

The Beaver County Commissioners have approved the creation of a 325-acre tax-exempt zone aimed at enticing Shell to proceed with the construction of an ethane cracker plant in the region.  According to one commissioner, “It’s an important piece of the(…)

New Processing Plant and Pipeline Coming to Ohio

A midstream joint venture between Houston-based Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and Denver-based MarkWest Utica EMG LLC announced Wednesday that it has plans to build Ohio’s sixth natural gas-processing plant and a new pipeline to carry liquids from(…)

Eastern Ohio Natural Gas Processing Plant Begins Operations

A newly constructed natural gas processing and fractionation complex is now online in Columbiana County. The plant was constructed by M3 Midstream and includes an extensive gathering system, a 200-million cubic-feet-per-day cryogenic processing facili(…)

Rockies Express Pipeline To Increase Gas Supply

Rockies Express Pipeline LLC, owners of the 1,698 mile long Rockies Express Pipeline, announced that it has executed an agreement for the transmission of processed gas from the Utica Shale formation, adding significant natural gas supply to the pipeli(…)

Bluegrass Pipeline to Connect Utica and Marcellus Gas Fields with Gulf Coast

The Akron Beacon Journal has profiled the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline, a proposed pipeline that would deliver gas from the Utica and Marcellus gas fields to processing facilities on the gulf coast.  The pipeline would be constructed by Williams and Pi(…)

XTO Opens NGL Treatment Facility in Butler County, Pennsylvania

MarketWatch reports that XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, announced on June 17th the startup of a natural gas liquids recovery facility in Butler County, Pennsylvania.  Located on 340 acres, the facility is the first of its kind for XTO in(…)

Crosstex Building Third Compressor Station in Ohio

Crosstex Energy has announced that it is constructing a third natural gas compressor station in Ohio. Crosstex previously announced in March that it would make a $50 million investment to build two compressor stations in Noble and Monroe counties. Now(…)

Utica Shale Production Brings Newly Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline to Eastern Ohio

DTE Energy, Spectra Energy Corp. and Enbridge Inc. are jointly developing the proposed Nexus Gas Transmission Project, a proposed 250-mile natural gas pipeline which would connect production in eastern Ohio to the existing pipeline grid in southeaster(…)

Chesapeake Expects Success in Utica Shale

Chesapeake Energy Corp. remains poised to take advantage of the Utica shale once the infrastructure is in place for gas transportation and processing.  Chesapeake currently has 66 wells in production in Ohio, with 183 more awaiting either pipelines or(…)

NiSource Provides Update for Ohio Operations

NiSource Midstream Services expects that the first oil and gas well servicing its Hickory Bend gas gathering and processing facility will be in production in the next few weeks. NiSource is also accellerating the construction of their gathering system(…)

Utica Shale Offers Midstream Business Opportunities

Typically, midstream or infrastructure investments by oil and gas companies follow drilling. But in Ohio billions of dollars are currently being poured into pipelines and facilities, including those currenlty under construction in Kensington and Scio,(…)

PDC Energy Partners with MarkWest for Midstream Operations

PDC Energy Inc. will be sending its Utica production to MarkWest Utica EMG for processing.  Under the terms of a new agreement, liquids-rich gas from Guernsey county will be processed in the Seneca complex in Noble County.  PDC joins Antero Resources(…)

Pipeline Project for Natural Gas Liquids Pursued for Marcellus and Utica

Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners announced that they have entered into a letter of intent to form a joint venture to build new pipelines and upgrade existing ones to provide a pathway for natural gas liquids (NGLs) like ethane to move from the(…)

Kinder Morgan Eyeing Tuscarawas County for Fractionation Plant

Kinder Morgan is reportedly eyeing Tuscarawas County for a natural gas processing plant and a fractionation plant. The reports surfaced when EV Energy Partners referenced a “recent announcement” by Kinder Morgan on the two plants. Kinder Morgan has si(…)

Gov. Corbett Says Shell Not Considering Alternate Locations for Cracker

Following a speech at the Marcellus Utica Midstream Conference in Pittsburgh this morning, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said that Royal Dutch Shell’s recent decision to delay a final commitment to building an ethane cracker plant in Beaver County(…)

Pipeline company asks court to preclude EHB from hearing environmental groups' petitions

The Scranton Times-Tribune is reporting that Houston-based Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC, has filed a federal-court complaint seeking to block attempts by two environmental groups to interfere with the operator’s Northeast Upgrade Project.  Spec(…)

Crestwood Marcellus Midstream Acquires Four West Virginia Compressor and Dehydration Stations

On December 28, 2012, Crestwood Marcellus Midstream LLC (CMM) completed the $95 million acquisition of four natural gas compression and dehydration stations from Enerven Compression LLC (Enerven).  Crestwood Midstream Partners LP, the operator and 35%(…)

Dominion and Caiman Energy II Form $1.5 Billion JV to Develop Utica Midstream Assets

On December 20, 2012, Dominion and Caiman Energy announced they are forming a $1.5 billion joint venture to provide midstream services to natural gas producers operating in the Utica shale in Ohio and portions of Pennsylvania.  The infrastructure to b(…)

Williams Companies Announces Closing of Stock Offering

Williams announced late on Tuesday that it closed on its public offering of 46,500,000 shares of common stock priced at $31 each and that underwriters elected to exercise in full their option to purchase an additional 6,975,000 shares of the company’s(…)

BP Plans To Expand Natural Gas Production And Midstream Infrastructure In Ohio

BP has announced plans to expand existing infrastructure in northeast Ohio to accommodate increased natural gas production in the area, as well as exploring partnerships with midstream processing plants in Trumbull County. Such plants are already unde(…)

MarkWest Commences Operations in Mobley Gas Plant

MarkWest Energy Partners announced that it has commenced operations in its Mobley Gas Processing Plant in Wetzel County, West Virginia, according to Energy Business Review. The plant is the first of three gas processing plants in the U. S. planned by(…)