If you are a gas producer in the Rockies and want to ship your gas to distant markets, you'd have three main choices: Rockies Express, CIG, or Ruby. All currently owned by Kinder Morgan.
Antitrust laws have been on the books for over 100 years, and would have dictated the same result if KMI's situation had arisen 50 years ago. Don't blame current government. Thank Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, etc.
Richard Kinder never thought for one moment that certain asset dispositions would not be necessary regarding the EP acquisition.