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  • arbtrdr arbtrdr Nov 29, 2012 11:10 PM Flag

    2 Risks to KMP and Other MLPs

    Fracking is regulated by the states except for ground water contamination. Little xchange for anything more than stronger rules on the well construction and testing as already proposed. Another $200K per well for the proposed rule will change little.

    As to eliminating partnerships? This one is really a non-issue. First it would only garner about $300M according to the OMB. That is meaningless in the sheme of things. Also pretty hard to discriminate and seperate MLPs from other partnerships.

    As to a dividend tax hike - I assume you already know that KMP does not pay a dividend and an increase in the dividend tax rate to 20% plue 3.8% for many would actually be a plus.

    The problem with buying KMP is two things -#1 at some point interest rates are going to rise. That will make alternative income investments more attractive putting unit pressure on MLPs and #2 that KMP is not covering its distribution. This does not bode well if NGL prices stay low or KMP has any operation issues.

    ARB

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