MSB December 2019

Midstream Business Magazine - December 2019

The last 10 years have brought tremendous change to the oil and gas industry, according to editor-at-large Paul Hart, and the next decade will likely bring more. Much of that change has to do with shale, and this issue of Midstream Business carries out a "whip-around of the major shale plays and their particular midstream challenges." The analysis include a look at:

  • The Permian Basin's necessary--and urgent--midstream build-out.
  • The vast resource potential of the Marcellus-Utica plays.
  • What lies next for the Midcontinent region's oil and gas activity?
  • Political and legal uncertainty's effects on the Rockies plays.
  • The boosted fortunes of the Eagle Ford and Haynesville shales.

Cover Story

How Do You Spell Permian Relief? P-I-P-E

The midstream rides to the rescue with new capacity and interconnections for crude oil, natural gas and petroleum products.

Editor's Note

Black Swans

Hard to believe, but in a few weeks—right after menorah candles are snuffed out and Christmas trees go back in the attic—we start a new decade. That’s hard to believe.

Construction Update

Getting It Moving

The Permian Basin continues to dominate, but the Marcellus-Utica and the Gulf Coast are ramping up as well.


Annual Gas Processor/NGL Producer Rankings: Growth Of The Status Quo

Despite substantial growth by the ranked companies, there wasn’t much movement in our annual rankings, with the top spots retained by MPLX and Energy Transfer.

Appalachian Play Shows Potential As Global Game Changer

The Appalachia’s hills and valleys exhibit both good news and bad news for the natural gas market.

Can Oil & Gas Survive?

Energy scholar Robert Bryce offers an unabashed view of the shale revolution, climate change and the future of energy. Spoiler alert: Don’t expect oil and gas to disappear anytime soon.


Procurement integrity matters in the oil and gas industry.

Keeping A System Safe

Artificial intelligence and security analytics hold the keys to pipeline cybersecurity.

Mixed Signals

Improved export-focused infrastructure can boost fortunes of the Eagle Ford and Haynesville.

Not Yet

Will the Midcontinent be the Next Big Thing? Possibly, but it may be a while.

Predictive Maintenance

Cmap software allows accurate prediction of centrifugal compressor performance in off-design conditions.

The Buildout

The expansion of the continent’s pipeline grid depends on some of the world’s most experienced contractors.

The Rockies Waiting Game

Political and legal questions threaten the development of the sprawling region’s multiple plays.


There are multiple strategic considerations when buying or selling a produced-water business in Texas.