EV Energy Partners LP is a publicly held Delaware limited partnership company. Its general partner is EV Energy GP, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership, and the general partner of its general partner is EV Management, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company. The Company has two reportable segments: exploration and production and midstream. The exploration and production segment is responsible for the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas properties. The midstream segment, which consists of investments in Cardinal Gas Services, LLC and Utica East Ohio Midstream LLC, is engaged in the construction and operation of natural gas processing, natural gas liquids fractionation, connecting pipeline infrastructure and gathering systems to serve production in the Utica Shale area in Ohio. As of December 31, 2013, its oil and natural gas properties were located in the Barnett Shale, the Appalachian Basin (which includes the Utica Shale), the Mid-Continent areas in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kansas and Louisiana, the Monroe Field in Northern Louisiana, Central and East Texas (which includes the Austin Chalk area), the San Juan Basin, Michigan, and the Permian Basin. The midstream assets are located in the Utica Shale area in Ohio. The Company faces competition from other independent operators and from oil and natural gas companies in acquiring properties, contracting for drilling equipment and securing trained personnel. The Company's operations are subject to stringent and complex federal, state and local laws and regulations that govern the protection of the environment as well as the discharge of materials into the environment.