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Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement, Change in Directors or

Item 1.01. Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement.

Contribution Agreement

As previously disclosed, Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the "Partnership"), entered into a Contribution Agreement dated as of December 23, 2013 (the "Contribution Agreement"), with Regency Energy Partners, LP, a Delaware limited partnership ("Regency" or an "Acquiring Party") and Regal Midstream LLC, a Delaware limited liability company ("Regal" or an "Acquiring Party" and, together with Regency, the "Acquiring Parties"). Pursuant to the Contribution Agreement, the Partnership will contribute (the "Midstream Contribution") to Regal (a) 100% of the equity interests in (i) Eagle Rock Marketing, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, (ii) Eagle Rock Pipeline GP, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, and (iii) Eagle Rock Gas Services, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and (b) 100% of the limited partner interests in (i) Eagle Rock Pipeline, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership and (ii) EROC Midstream Energy, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the interests described in clauses (a) and (b) collectively, the "Contributed Interests"). The Contributed Interests, upon the closing of the Midstream Contribution and after giving effect to the Pre-Closing Transfers (as defined below), will represent the assets and operations that collectively comprise the midstream business of the Partnership.

The aggregate consideration for the Contributed Interests will be
(1) $720,000,000, as adjusted in accordance with the Contribution Agreement, consisting of cash and 8,245,859 common units representing limited partner interests of Regency (the "Equity Consideration"), (2) the assumption by Regency of up to $550,000,000 face value of senior unsecured notes of the Partnership (the "Partnership Notes") tendered by holders of the Partnership Notes pursuant to the Exchange Offer (as described below) and (3) if less than $550,000,000 face value of the Partnership Notes are tendered in the Exchange Offer, the payment by Regency of a dollar amount equal to 110% of the difference between $550,000,000 and the face value of Partnership Notes so tendered. If all Partnership Notes are exchanged, the value of the consideration to the Partnership is $1.27 billion.

In connection with the Midstream Contribution, Regency has agreed, subject to the terms and conditions of the Contribution Agreement, to conduct an offer to exchange up to $550,000,000 of the Partnership Notes into an equivalent amount of Regency senior unsecured notes with the same tenor, coupon, call structure and a comparable covenant package as the Partnership Notes (the "Exchange Offer").

In connection with the closing of the Midstream Contribution, Regency has agreed to enter into a registration rights agreement with the Partnership, substantially in the form attached as an exhibit to the Contribution Agreement, whereby Regency grants the Partnership certain registration rights with respect to the Equity Consideration.

The Contribution Agreement contains customary representations, warranties and covenants by each of the parties thereto. The parties have also agreed, subject to certain exceptions, to operate their respective businesses in the ordinary course until the Midstream Contribution is consummated. Furthermore, the Partnership has agreed not to initiate or solicit any inquiries or the making or submission of certain third party acquisition proposals and, subject to certain exceptions, restrictions on its ability to respond to any such unsolicited proposal. The Partnership has also agreed it will not, for a period of eighteen months following the closing of the Midstream Contribution, solicit certain former employees of the Partnership or engage in midstream business activities in certain areas that are not ancillary to the Partnership's upstream business. In addition, the Partnership is required to file a proxy statement as soon as reasonably practicable following the signing of the Contribution Agreement (but no later than January 31, 2014) and to convene a unitholder meeting for approval of the Midstream Contribution as soon as reasonably practicable following clearance of the proxy statement by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission" or the "SEC") (unless the Board (as defined below) has effected a Change in Recommendation (as defined below)).

Completion of the Midstream Contribution is conditioned upon, among other things: (1) approval of the Contribution Agreement and the Midstream Contribution by the affirmative vote or consent of holders of a majority of the outstanding common units of the Partnership ("Unitholder Approval"); (2) the absence of certain legal injunctions or impediments prohibiting the Midstream Contribution and the other transactions contemplated by the Contribution Agreement; (3) expiration or termination of all applicable waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino

Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976, as amended; (4) subject to specified materiality standards, the accuracy of the representations and warranties of, and the performance of all covenants by, the parties to the Contribution Agreement; (6) approval for the listing on the New York Stock Exchange of the Equity Consideration to be issued to the Partnership; (7) the delivery by the Partnership to Regency of audited financial statements of the midstream business (the "Carve-Out Financial Statements"); and (8) the execution and delivery of certain ancillary documents contemplated by the Contribution Agreement. There is no financing condition.

In connection with the Unitholder Approval, Natural Gas Partners VIII, L.P. ("NGP VIII") and certain of its affiliates have entered into a Voting and Support Agreement (the "NGP Voting Agreement") with Regency to vote all of their Partnership common units beneficially owned, representing approximately 32.2% of the Partnership common units as of December 23, 2013, in favor of the approval of the Contribution Agreement and the Midstream Contribution. The Partnership granted NGP VIII an irrevocable limited waiver of certain provisions of the existing voting agreement between the Partnership and NGP VIII dated May 3, 2011 (the "Existing Voting Agreement") to permit NGP VIII to enter into the NGP Voting Agreement, which waiver is discussed in more detail below under the heading "Waiver of Existing Voting Agreement." The NGP Voting Agreement shall terminate on the earliest to occur of (i) the date of the termination of the Contribution Agreement, (ii) a Change in Recommendation (as defined below),
(iii) the effectiveness of the closing of the Midstream Contribution,
(iv) July 31, 2014 and (v) the effective date of any waiver, amendment or other modification of the Contribution Agreement that materially reduces the consideration payable to the Partnership or is otherwise materially adverse to the Partnership's common unitholders.

The Contribution Agreement contains provisions granting both the Acquiring Parties, on the one hand, and the Partnership, on the other hand, the right to terminate the Contribution Agreement for certain reasons, including, among others, if (a) the closing of the Midstream Contribution does not occur on or before July 31, 2014 (the "Outside Date") and (b) the Contribution Agreement and the Midstream Contribution fail to receive Unitholder Approval. The Contribution Agreement also contains provisions granting the Partnership the right to terminate the Contribution Agreement if (a) either of the Acquiring Parties has breached or failed to perform any of its representations, warranties, covenants or agreements set forth in the Contribution Agreement, or any of such party's representations or warranties has become untrue, and such breach, failure or untruth would result in a failure of a closing condition to be satisfied and has not been cured within 30 days of notice of such breach, failure or untruth (a "terminable breach") and (b) in order to enter into a definitive agreement in response to a superior third party acquisition proposal (a "Superior Proposal"). The Contribution Agreement also contains provisions granting the Acquiring Parties the right to terminate the Contribution Agreement if (a) the Partnership commits a terminable breach, (b) a change of recommendation (a "Change in Recommendation") is effected by the board of directors of the general partner of the general partner of the Partnership (the "Board"), or (c) Regency has not received audited historical financial statements for the Partnership's midstream business for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2011 and 2012 and the nine month period ended September 30, 2013 and unaudited historical financial statements for the midstream business of the Partnership for the nine month period ended September 30, 2012 by the later to occur of January 21, 2014 and the date the SEC notifies Regency that it has cleared all comments related to Regency's registration statement filed in connection with the Merger Agreement (as defined in the Contribution Agreement) other than comments to include the Carve-Out Financial Statements.

The Partnership will be required to pay Regency approximately $42.2 million as a . . .

Item 5.02 Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

On December 19, 2013, the Compensation Committee ("Committee") of the Board approved the acceleration of all restricted units ("Restricted Units") issued to Roger A. Fox under the Partnership's Long Term Incentive Plan that remain unvested on Mr. Fox's date of termination without "Cause" or for "Good Reason" (each as defined in the applicable award agreements) during the Protection Period (as defined in Mr. Fox's Excecutive Change of Control Agreement), which is (i) the six month period ending on the date a "Change of Control" (as defined in Mr. Fox's Executive Change of Control Agreement) occurs or (ii) the two year period beginning on the date a Change of Control occurs. In order to effectuate the foregoing, the Committee authorized adoption of a letter agreement (the "Letter Agreement") for the benefit of Mr. Fox. Any successor in interest ("Successor") to the Partnership or the midstream business unit of the Partnership as a result of a Change of Control shall provide benefits equal to what Mr. Fox is entitled to under the Letter Agreement, as applied to any comparable awards issued by and in the equity of the Successor, upon a qualifying termination as described above. The foregoing description of the Letter Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Letter Agreement, which is attached hereto as Exhibit 10.2 and incorporated by reference into this Item 5.02.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

This Current Report on Form 8-K does not constitute the solicitation of any vote, proxy or approval. This Current Report on Form 8-K relates to a potential transaction between the Partnership and Regency. This Current Report on Form 8-K is not a substitute for any proxy statement or any other document which the Partnership may file with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") in connection with the proposed transaction. In connection with the proposed transaction, the Partnership will file with the SEC a proxy statement for the unitholders of the Partnership. INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY IN THEIR ENTIRETY IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. Any such documents will be available free of charge through the website maintained by the SEC at or by directing a request to the Partnership's Investor Relations Department,

Eagle Rock Energy, L.P., 1415 Louisiana Street, Suite 2700, Houston, TX 77002, telephone number (281) 408-1200.

Participants in the Solicitation

The Partnership and Regency and their respective general partner's directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the unitholders of the Partnership in respect of the proposed transaction. Information regarding the persons who may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed participants in the solicitation of the unitholders of the Partnership in connection with the proposed transaction, including a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the proxy statement when it is filed with the SEC.

Forward Looking Statements

This Current Report on Form 8-K may include "forward-looking statements." All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this Current Report on Form 8-K that address activities, events or developments that the Partnership expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future, are forward-looking statements and speak only as of the date on which such statement is made. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Partnership based on its experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Partnership. These include, but are not limited to, the risks that the proposed transaction may not be consummated or the benefits contemplated therefrom may not be realized. Additional risks include: the ability to obtain unitholder approval and requisite regulatory approval and the satisfaction of the other conditions to the consummation of the proposed transaction, the potential impact of the announcement or consummation of the proposed transaction on relationships, including with employees, suppliers, customers, competitors and credit rating agencies, risks related to volatility or declines (including sustained declines) in commodity prices; market demand for crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids; the effectiveness of the Partnership's hedging activities; the Partnership's ability to retain key customers; the Partnership's ability to continue to obtain new sources of crude oil and natural gas supply; the availability of local, intrastate and interstate transportation systems and other facilities to transport crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids; competition in the oil and gas industry; the Partnership's ability to obtain credit and access the capital markets; general economic conditions; and the effects of government regulations and policies. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties occur, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, the Partnership's actual results and plans could differ materially from those implied or expressed by any forward-looking statements. The Partnership assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement as of any future date. For a detailed list of the Partnership's risk factors, please consult the Partnership's Form 10-K, filed with SEC for the year ended December 31, 2012 and the Partnership's Forms 10-Q filed with the SEC for subsequent quarters, including the Partnership's Form 10-Q filed for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 as well as any other public filings, and press releases.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits.

Exhibit No.                                Description
2.1*          Contribution Agreement dated as of December 23, 2013, by and among
              Eagle Rock Energy Partners, L.P., Regency Energy Partners LP and Regal
              Midstream LLC.

10.1          Letter Regarding Limited Waiver of Voting Agreement executed by Eagle
              Rock Energy Partners, L.P. on December 23, 2013.

10.2          Letter Agreement Regarding Acceleration of Restricted Unit Awards of
              Roger A. Fox, dated December 23, 2013.

99.1          Eagle Rock Employee Q&A dated December 23, 2013.

* Certain schedules and exhibits to this agreement have been omitted pursuant to Item 601(b)(2) of Regulation S-K. A copy of any omitted schedule and/or exhibit will be furnished supplementally to the Securities and Exchange Commission upon request.

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