According to the Water Research Foundation, the 30 largest US municipal water systems will need to spend $88 billion on infrastructure over the next decade to ensure safe water supplies for the communities they serve.
The stakes are high for the masters of midstream, particularly in the Northeast where surging output of natural gas has overwhelmed local demand and existing takeaway capacity, depressing the prices at Pennsylvania’s Leidy Hub relative to the Henry Hub in Louisiana.
Rather than regarding Kinder Morgan Inc.’s consolidation of its associated limited partnerships as a referendum on the MLP structure or the end of an era, investors should regard this move as a fresh start for the midstream giant--an opportunity to reshape itself to meet the demands of the marketplace and competitive environment.
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