It’s not every day that a research analyst is requested to write a cover story for an influential industry publication. But herein, I hope to add coverage that looks further forward to give a longer-term perspective on the opportunities and risks for the midstream segment of the ever-changing North American energy industry whose nexus is in Texas.

Toward this end, I have excerpted information that could have long-term impact on the midstream industry in Texas in general and the Eagle Ford in particular from Stratas Advisors’ current and former oil-side research. Other features in this supplement analyze bottlenecks in some of the other big unconventional plays.