Things are better. That was a common point the 1,000 attendees heard from some two-dozen speakers at Hart Energy’s ninth annual Marcellus-Utica Midstream Conference & Exhibition (MUM) in Pittsburgh.

Opening keynote speaker Robert Phillips, chairman, president and CEO of Crestwood Equity Partners LP, declared “2017 was a good year; 2018 is going to be a great year” for his company. Crestwood has important midstream assets in West Virginia and Northeast Pennsylvania.

Phillips told the audience the Marcellus and Utica’s unparalled natural gas resources have long-term growth potential not only for Crestwood, but also the entire industry.