Crosstex Energy LP, one of the biggest operators of pipelines in the Barnett Shale, and Axia Land Services, a mineral rights leasing company, have joined the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council, an industry group that provides public information about natural gas production in the field. Crosstex is the group's first midstream gas company, meaning it transports natural gas from the well head and on to the big transmission lines that carry gas to major markets. It said it handles about 1 billion cubic feet of gas per day in the field. Axia, a partnership between Western Production Co. and Chesapeake Energy, is the council's first lease acquisition company. The council now has 11 members, including Chesapeake, Dale Resources, Devon Energy, EnCana, EOG Resources, Forest Oil, Four Sevens Resources, Quicksilver Resources and XTO Energy.
-- Jim Fuquay