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MasTec Inc. has acquired Big Country Energy Services Inc., and its affiliated operating companies, a North American oil and gas pipeline and facility construction services company headquartered in Calgary. The company also has construction offices in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan as well as in Wyoming and North Dakota.

British Columbia has made its final written submission to the Northern Gateway Pipeline Joint Review Panel, stating it cannot support the project as presented because Northern Gateway has been unable to address British Columbians' environmental concerns.

Shell Pipeline announced a successful supplemental open season period for additional firm capacity on the fully reversed Houma-to-Houston pipeline system (Ho-Ho Reversal).

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP) LP closed its acquisition of Houston-based Copano Energy LLC. KMP has acquired all of Copano’s outstanding units for about $5 billion, including debt assumption.

SemGroup Corp. has a definitive agreement to acquire the equity interests of Mid-America Midstream Gas Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chesapeake Energy Corp., the owner of gas gathering and processing assets in the Mississippi Lime play, for $300 million.

Crestwood Midstream Partners LP, Crestwood Holdings LLC and Inergy LP, Inergy Midstream LP have signed definitive agreements to create a fully integrated midstream partnership valued at $7 billion.

Oil and gas activity turned modestly upward in the first quarter of 2012 after slight declines in the latter half of 2012, according to the latest release of the Texas Petro Index (TPI).

Alliance Pipeline Ltd. named William (Bill) Christensen as its president of law, general counsel and corporate secretary.

More than 200 state, regional and national energy transmission pipeline industry leaders will gather July 30-Aug. 2 in Sarasota, FL to explore safety, security, supply, projects and industry trends at the Florida Energy Pipeline Association’s (FEPA) 24th annual summer symposium.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved a settlement with UGI Utilities Inc. that included a $200,000 civil penalty, which stemmed from an investigation into an Oct. 31, 2011 explosion in Millersville that caused $450,000 in damages to a home and business.

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