Williams Stops Work on Bluegrass Pipeline, Boardwalk Says “It’s Not Dead”

Really big news that affects drilling throughout the Marcellus and Utica Shale region: Williams announced yesterday they are suspending work on the Bluegrass Pipeline, a $1.5 billion project that would have piped natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the Utica/Marcellus all the way to Gulf Coast for processing and sale. Looks like we now know who the winner of the “midstream knife fight” is: the Kinder Morgan/MarkWest joint venture UTOPIA pipeline (see “Midstream Knife Fight” – Who Will Have 1st Operational NGL Pipeline to Gulf?). Although Williams says the project is done, their joint venture partner in the Bluegrass, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, says “it’s not dead.” Really? What does that mean?

Below we have the Williams statement that the Bluegrass is dead, the quote from Boardwalk saying it isn’t dead, and our opinion as to what may have pushed Williams to throw in the towel on this very important project, potentially leaving northeast drillers without options for NGLs…

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