Attendees at the recent Marcellus-Utica Midstream conference in Pittsburgh probably wouldn’t have minded going back in time just to tell their 2016 selves, “It gets better.”

The upbeat vibe in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center was reflected by an early-February, 43-month high in the Mont Belvieu, Texas, ethane price. Looking ahead, though, domestic demand will not echo NGL production’s upward tilt.

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