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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper's envoy to First Nations on western energy projects said there "has not been constructive dialogue" with aboriginal communities — something the government must take drastic steps to change if it is to win support for the projects.

Devon Energy Corp. has reached a definitive agreement to acquire GeoSouthern Energy’s assets in the Eagle Ford oil play for $6 billion. The acquired assets include current production of 53,000 Boe/d and 82,000 net acres with at least 1,200 undrilled locations. The risked recoverable resource is estimated at 400 MMBoe, the majority of which is proved reserves.

Royal Dutch Shell plc will not move forward with the proposed 140,000 bpd Gulf Coast gas-to-liquids (GTL) project in Louisiana and will suspend any further work on the project. Shell has carefully evaluated a number of development options for GTL on the Gulf Coast using natural gas feedstocks. The estimated cost of the project was $20 billion.

Xpress Natural Gas announced plans to partner with Hess Energy Marketing (HEM), which was recently acquired by Direct Energy Business (DEB), to deliver compressed natural gas (CNG) to off-pipeline industrial and commercial businesses and institutions in New York state.

With the final decision on the long-awaited Keystone XL pipeline still hanging in the air, energy experts from around the country will gather March 25 for the 10th Annual Pipeline Opportunities Conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston to discuss that and other key issues facing the pipeline industry in North America.

“I would like to thank President Obama for this opportunity,” Cheryl A. LaFleur, newly named Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said.

Don Santa, president and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), summed up the feelings of many in the natural gas sector Dec. 9 when he said, “It’s nice being Number 1, but all of a sudden others are gunning for you.”

L.B. Foster Co. has acquired Ball Winch Pipeline Services LLC., a privately-owned company that applies specialty pipe coatings and provides field services for the oil and gas, mining, water and waste water industries.

President Enrique Peña Nieto's promised energy reform amendment to Mexico's constitution passed Congress Dec. 12, paving the way for state governments to ratify the amendment and new rules for the country's energy production and transportation to be written in the 120 days following.

Buckeye Partners, L.P. has signed a definitive agreement with Hess Corporation and its subsidiaries to acquire 20 liquid petroleum products terminals with total storage capacity of 39 million barrels for $850 million.

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