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The other day I was reading one of the many beautifully written obituaries about Smokin’ Joe Frazier, the heavyweight champion from Philadelphia who died Nov. 14 of liver cancer at the all-too-young age of 67.

The nation’s natural gas distribution industry delivers gas to the homes or places of business of more than 70 million customers every day. These customers consumed approximately 24.1 Tcf of gas in 2010. Some 2.4 million miles of pipeline of varying sizes and pressures are used to transport natural gas annually from the wellhead to customers throughout the U.S.

Estimates used by the Environmental Protection Agency and others for greenhouse gas emissions from upstream shale gas production are likely significantly overstated, according to a new report by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates. The estimates are based on assumptions that do not reflect industry practice and should be re-evaluated, it says.

Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. plans to sell its North Texas natural gas producing properties to certain partnerships managed by EnerVest, Ltd. of Houston for $975 million.

Plains All American Pipeline, L.P. announced plans to convert an existing Oklahoma LPG pipeline into crude oil service.

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, an Oklahoma City-based and family-owned operator of 280 travel stops and convenience stores, plans to add 10 publicly accessible compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations at existing locations across Oklahoma.

Midstream goes mainstream in the natural gas business as midstream activities continue to take the spotlight. New gathering systems and intrastate pipelines along with additional gas treating, processing, and fractionating plants are announced frequently.

Royal Dutch Shell is "very interested" in onshore U.S. shale oil, but the company is focusing on less developed plays to bypass the pricey competitive rush for more established acreage, the head of Shell's Americas operations recently told Reuters.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. and Chesapeake Energy Corp. have entered into a long-term contract in which Chesapeake will anchor Enterprise’s proposed long-haul ethane pipeline from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the Gulf Coast.

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) has urged the state to consider a loan guarantee that would help with financing for a major Alaska natural gas pipeline.

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