Port of Lake Charles Commissioners approved an option for a long-term lease agreement on 90 acres with Magnolia LNG, an Australian-based energy company that plans to build a $2.2 billion export facility that will produce 4 million metric tons of LNG per year.

Strategy Engineering & Consulting LLC was awarded a contract by Chesapeake Energy to design a Central Production Facility (CPF) in the Eagle Ford Shale.

CenterPoint Energy Inc., OGE Energy Corp. and ArcLight Capital Partners LLC have entered into an agreement to form a master limited partnership that will include CenterPoint Energy's interstate pipelines and field services businesses and the midstream business of Enogex LLC, owned jointly by subsidiaries of OGE and Arclight.

Twin Eagle Resource Management LLC has entered into a marketing agreement with GT Logistics LLC to exclusively market crude oil rail trans-loading capacity at the GT OmniPort facility located in Port Arthur.

North Dakota crude oil production (including lease condensate) averaged an all-time high of 770,000 bpd in December. Total annual production more than doubled between 2010-12 in the Bakken Formation in the Williston Basin. North Dakota production in 2012 trailed only Texas and the U.S. Federal Offshore region, and the state accounted for 10% of total U.S. crude oil production.

To leverage abundant natural gas supplies and low wholesale costs, Illinois employer and labor organizations and Ameren Illinois outlined a legislative proposal to accelerate the modernization of Illinois' aging natural gas delivery infrastructure while maintaining Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) regulatory oversight.

Air Liquide's Large Industries U.S. LP announced two new projects in Freeport, TX, for its Gulf Coast Pipeline (GCPL) and Hydrogen/Syngas businesses.

A survey by the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) found 48% of homeowners who plan to dig this year for projects that include landscaping, installing a fence or mailbox or building a deck, pond or patio, will put themselves and communities at risk by not calling 811 to learn the approximate location of underground utilities.

Natural gas production in Pennsylvania averaged 6.1 Bcf/d in 2012, up from 3.6 Bcf/d in 2011, reports the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This came despite a significant drop in new natural gas wells.

A team of Carnegie Mellon University researchers visited Capitol Hill March 13 in hopes of establishing a government-university-industry research and education initiative to inform the public about issues surrounding shale gas and the environment so the nation can better prepare for its energy future.

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