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While producers are aggressively pursuing projects to sell large quantities of LNG to Asia, that prospect is raising alarm among consumer groups who fear that rising exports could drive up domestic prices.

U.S. shale gas could be exported for the first time after an $8 billion deal was reached between the BG Group and Cheniere Energy. The gas is likely to be sent to countries in Asia and Europe, including the UK, after it is liquefied. The price of gas in the U.S. is one-fourth of the price in Asia and about half the price in the UK.

Pipeline leakage, breakage and other critical issues can create multiple environmental problems, cost utilities millions in lost revenue and delay important services to customers. There is no doubt that reliability is key – and that includes starting with the right pipeline distribution system manufactured with the right ingredients.

Petrobras announced a new oil discovery in the extreme southwestern part of the Walker Ridge concession area, located in the U.S. Gulf ultra-deep waters.

T.D. Williamson Inc. recently completed the first-ever subsea STOPPLE® Train isolation.

At its recent Integrity Educational Seminar, Mears Group Inc., personnel focused on the topic of establishing the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) of a gas pipeline and the general concept of operating margin of safety.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has approved a drilling permit, originally submitted by BP in January 2011, for a new well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico.

To no one's surprise, the Environmental Protection Agency announced in October that it will think about regulating shale gas wastewater. The Department of Energy's shale gas subcommittee - formed at the request of President Obama - provided the impetus to the EPA by noting the "fracking" chemicals contained in the water injected into shale rock formations and the contaminants that "flowback" to the surface both should be looked at more closely in case they are contaminating drinking water sources.

Genesis Energy, L.P. has entered into definitive agreements to acquire from Marathon Oil Company interests in several Gulf of Mexico crude oil pipeline systems, including its 28% interest in Poseidon Oil Pipeline Company, L.L.C., its 29% interest in Odyssey Pipeline L.L.C., and its 23% interest in the Eugene Island Pipeline System.

Despite the higher gas pipeline pressures (up to 1,000 psi) and varying inlet pressures on peak days in recent years, Wisconsin Public Service Corporation believes the most effective pressure-reduction practice is to take a first cut from the supply pipeline in one big step while sizing for minimum contract pressure.