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Kinder Morgan, Inc. and El Paso Corporation announced Oct. 16 a definitive agreement whereby KMI will acquire all of the outstanding shares of EP in a transaction that will create the largest midstream and the fourth largest energy company in North America with an enterprise value of approximately $94 billion and 80,000 miles of pipelines.

Two House Democrats introduced legislation Oct. 14 targeted at the practice of excessively burning natural gas emanating from wells drilled for crude oil. A release on the topic of the legislation characterized the practice as "becoming increasingly prevalent in places like North Dakota, as recently reported in the New York Times, but could become more widespread without intervention."

Plains Midstream Canada selected Specialized Services Company (SSC) to install sleeves at three locations to accommodate a new line being added to the underground infrastructure used to load and unload LPG from tankers and railcars at the Bumstead facility, an underground LPG storage cavern located along the Interstate 10 corridor between Phoenix and Los Angeles.

In September 2011, Rosen celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. Today it stands as a leading privately owned company serving the oil and gas industry with inspection, integrity, and rehabilitation products and services. For 30 years, the company has worked to provide the industry with advanced inspection and integrity solutions to ensure safe and economical operation of a wide range of assets and facilities.

UE’s TX200H pressure transmitter allows users to easily upgrade to a HART 7 device using existing wiring.

If the North American shale gas boom is a decades-long game-changer as many pundits predict, natural gas pipelines need to stay tuned and the same can be said for the storage operations that have grown up along many of those pipelines. In the West the situation seems ripe for redefinition and reconfiguration of the storage landscape.

After the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010, a philanthropist and nonprofit organization joined forces to introduce a contest to improve ocean water oil spill cleanup techniques. On Oct. 11 the winners were awarded their prizes: the first prize recipients earned a $1 million purse for technology that in tests was able to recover oil from the sea surface at a rate of 4670 gallons per minute and 89% efficiency, almost twice the rate targeted by the contest's organizers and three times the highest rate previously achieved under controlled conditions.

An experienced gas utility field distribution crew struggled with frozen ground and sub-freezing January temperatures in northern Idaho a few years ago. They were seeking to pinpoint and resolve a natural gas leak in a rural corner of Avista Utilities’ three-state service area. Avista is based in Spokane, WA. The search for the leak was routine, at best, for the crew, but time-consuming.

North Korean leader Kim Jung Il met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to discuss several issues including a proposed pipeline that would stretch 1,100 km, including a 700-km segment in North Korea, the Kremlin said. Medvedev said Russia could supply 10 Bcm of gas a year.

Petrobras Gás S.A. (Gaspetro) completed acquisition of Gas Brasiliano Distribuidora (GBD), a natural gas distribution utility operating in the northwestern region of the state of São Paulo for $271 million. Previously, the utility was controlled by Italy's ENI International B.V.