Alerian Index: An MLP Barbell? The MLP universe is changing shape, simplifying and shrinking. EDITOR'S NOTE: ME TOO! Both political parties support renewal of the nation’s aging infrastructure. FINANCE MATTERS: PERMIAN PLANS A RELIEF VALVE The midstream gets ready for increasing Permian crude production. HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT AND SAFETY: COLLABORATION Suppliers and customers must work together to achieve improvements in health, environment and safety. LEGAL: WHAT IS REAL PROPERTY? The Sabine case and other recent bankruptcy decisions create a ‘white hot issue’ that complicates the relationship between a midstream operator and a producer’s creditor recovery. M&A: A DEAL'S DETAILS It’s important to check minimum volume commitments and other implications when acquiring a gathering agreement. MAINTENANCE: CERAMIC COATINGS Unlike traditional coatings, chemically bonded phosphate ceramics can stop corrosion, extend equipment life and minimize costly production downtime. MARCELLUS-UTICA MIDSTREAM: AVOIDING SURPRISES Conference attendees received caution that the sector must add needed infrastructure now to avoid major problems as demand grows. NGL FRAC SPREAD: HAPPINESS IS... NGL are in a stronger position compared to where they were in early 2016. REGULATORY REVIEW: GRABBING GATHERING LINES PHMSA looks to extend its regulation nearly to the wellhead. THE INTERVIEW: BUILDING THE BACKBONE North America’s midstream has enjoyed a significant growth spurt in the past decade with the unconventional shale boom—and that means thousands of miles of new pipe added to the nation’s already outstanding transportation infrastructure. Much of that pipe has been supplied from Stupp Corp., which credits its role as “producing the pipelines that form the backbone of our continent’s energy infrastructure.” Its CEO took time to visit with Midstream Business to reflect on his firm’s distinguished past—and vision for the future. TOPICS: C-SUITE DIVERSITY The energy industry requires new thinking to lead tomorrow’s workers. What To Do With The NGL? New ethane cracking capacity will provide one answer to the gas liquids demand question. TRANSACTION LINE: HOW DO YOU LIKE THEM DAPL(S)? Without delays, deals can move forward on the Dakota Access Pipeline.