Much like legendary author Mark Twain, reports of the death of MLPs have been an exaggeration. The partnership organizational structure is strong and continues to work well for both the energy industry and investors, the chief of the MLP trade association told attendees at Hart Energy’s Midstream Finance conference on Oct. 23. Master limited partnerships “are the very backbone of the U.S. energy industry,” emphasized Lori Ziebart, the executive director of the Master Limited Partnership Association (MLPA).