Berthelot Launches New Natural Gas Company

                  Berthelot Launches New Natural Gas Company

PR Newswire

HOUSTON, Jan. 22, 2013

HOUSTON, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Natural gas industry veteran Chip
Berthelot announced the launch today of Azure Midstream Company, LLC - a
natural gas gathering and processing company based in Houston. Azure
Midstream will work with producers to gather and/or process natural gas for
their customers throughout North America.

"We are excited to work with our customers to provide consumers with one of
the cleanest forms of energy," said Chip Berthelot, President of Azure
Midstream Company. "Azure Midstream believes in working with clean, natural
gas to produce efficient and environmentally-friendly energy for homes and
businesses across the United States."

Azure enjoys strong initial capitalization from investors who have seen
significant success in previous Berthelot companies. Azure has an aggressive
growth plan based on a combination of new development and acquisition of
gathering pipeline projects.

Berthelot successfully developed Laser Northeast, the first gathering system
to traverse Pennsylvania and New York State in the Marcellus Shale region, as
well as a number of other projects. Azure's core management team has over 110
years of natural gas experience coupled with a strong track record of
successfully working together in challenging environments.

Berthelot brings over 30 years of successfully developing and managing natural
gas projects. He founded Laser in 2005 which was partially purchased by EROC
in 2007 for $143 million and then subsequently formed Laser Northeast
Gathering Company which was sold to Williams Partners, LP in 2012 for $750

While on his own, Berthelot has purchased or developed and expanded over 75
operating natural gas gathering and processing pipeline systems. Prior to
that, he was at Midcoast Energy Resources as Chief Operating Officer, playing
an instrumental role in expanding the company to over 300 employees through
the successful completion and integration of the acquisition of over 100
natural gas gathering & processing systems, both onshore and offshore.

Berthelot assembled a handpicked management team to launch this new venture.
31-year natural gas veteran David Garrett heads up Azure's Business
Development. Dennie Dixon brings four decades of operations and engineering
experience to Azure operations. Christy Morgan oversees finance and
accounting. The firm has also partnered again with strategic consulting firm
Power Communications after a successful first venture together launching Laser

Berthelot said the company name "Azure" was selected because Azure is the
color of blue skies and natural gas combustion, both central to the company's
corporate mission of delivering "Clean Energy out of the Blue."

"We are just a group of regular people who work hard, enjoy our work, and care
about our communities. Building a company that does a better job of utilizing
the clean energy with which we are blessed, while earning a living for our
families is what we are all about," said Berthelot. "With Azure, we'd like to
show that the good guys can still win." 

About Azure Midstream Company, LLC
Azure combines leading talent in the midstream natural gas business with local
experience and robust financial backing. Azure delivers the economic impact
and energy benefits of safely and efficiently moving North America's clean
natural gas resources. For more information visit

SOURCE Azure Midstream Company, LLC

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