The Wall Street Journal reports:
Private-equity firms, which for years have counted energy as one of their most lucrative investing sectors, have been snapping up oil-and-gas reserves in recent months. Above, a natural gas well in Stonewall, La. The Shreveport Times/Associated Press
Blackstone Group BX +1.07% LP is nearing a deal to acquire Royal Dutch Shell RDSA.LN +0.36% PLC’s half-stake in a huge Louisiana gas field, according to people familiar with the matter, as private-equity firms continue to gobble up oil companies’ shale castoffs.
The deal could value……..