Utica shale gas midstream giant MarkWest keeps growing while others cut back

MarkWest Energy Partners has 18 projects under construction in the three-state Appalachian region in the U.S. that makes up the Utica and Marcellus shale plays. While oil and gas drillers are reining in activity in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, the Denver-based natural gas midstream company is ramping up activity. Drillers have taken a step…

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Study finds raised levels of chemicals in Barnett Shale water; no direct link to fracking, yet

Researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington have found elevated levels of numerous metals and chemical compounds associated with the hydraulic fracturing process in public and private water wells throughout the Barnett Shale. A peer-reviewed study published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology is careful not to identify drilling as the source…

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