Point of View: Enbridge's Tutcher: Burgeoning US gas demand bodes well for long-distance gas pipleines

The recent history and current stance of Enbridge Energy Partners LP, Houston, provide perhaps the clearest example of growing Canadian involvement in the US midstream oil and gas industry.Since early 2001, the company has evolved from its core asset, the Lakehead crude oil pipeline that runs across Minnesota, Illinois, and Michigan, to embrace a series of midstream natural gas assets almost entirely in Texas, paying nearly $1.2 billion in the process.And along the way, it has branded the entire collection with the name of parent Enbridge Inc., Calgary.In 2001, Enbridge Partners' predecessor Lakehead Pipe Line Partners LP:Paid Enbridge Inc. $33 million for the North Dakota crude oil s...

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