DCP Midstream LLC reports capital investments under way will double its processing capacity in the Denver-Julesburg Basin by the end of 2014.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission finalized a settlement with Peoples Natural Gas Co. over an informal investigation into an incident involving a contractor striking a public utility service line.

The University of Texas provost will re-examine a report by a UT professor that said fracking was safe for groundwater after the revelation that the professor wad paid hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Texas natural gas developer, according to press reports.

Sumitomo Corporation has signed an agreement with Devon Energy Corp. to participate in Devon's tight oil development project in the Permian Basin.

MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. has signed a long-term, fee-based agreement with XTO Energy, Inc. a subsidiary of ExxonMobil Corp., to extend MarkWest’s natural gas liquids (NGL) gathering pipeline in northwest Pennsylvania to XTO’s processing plant in Butler County, PA which is expected to start operations in late 2012.

Colonial Pipeline announced completion on July 31 of the final phase of a 75,000 bpd increase to the capacity of its primary distillate pipeline, which originates in Houston and serves the Southern and Eastern U.S.

Pipe manufacturers are having problems keeping up with the rapidly rising demand for new oil pipelines in the U.S. heartland, according to Reuters.

Enbridge Inc., whose pipelines ship the bulk of Canada's oil exports to the United States, defended the record of its system on Aug. 3 after the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) voiced concerns about the safety of its operations following a series of spills in the upper Midwest.

The increase in U.S. working natural gas inventories nearly half way through the 2012 injection season - the period from April through October when most natural gas is stored underground to help meet heating demand during the upcoming winter - was the lowest in 12 years.

Coal is used to generate about half of all electricity consumed in the U.S. Unfortunately, coal contains high carbon content and produces double the CO-2 emissions when burned compared to natural gas. Because of growing concern over greenhouse gas emissions, the U.S. government and utilities are developing technologies to separate carbon dioxide both pre-and post-combustion.

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