You raise some good points. ETP is currently struggling. I think they will do well in the long run as they have several very large projects that are soon to come online and will begin producing cash flow. That being said, I still think EPD is the safer play. They are a strategic player in NGLs, ETP does have its fingers in several pies (MidContinent Express, Fayetteveille Express etc) but they don't seem to have the ability to control a business like EPD does.
Also, ETP hasn't paid their 3rd Q distribution yet, the 3rd Q isn't over yet, they just paid the 2nd Q distribution.
Don't ignore the fact that ETP pays 50% of incremental distributions to ETE whereas EPD pays 25% of incremental distributions to EPE. ETP has to grow distributable cash significantly faster than EPD to grow distributions at the same rate.
EPD and ETP are both midstream MLPs but there are significant differences particularly in the large propane business owned by ETP. This business is very volitale. EPD is certainly a bit more secure and stable in its production of DCF. Take another look at Factoids comments, I agree you need to be able to get more that Yahoos stats. Yahoo simply put has no idea what a MLP is and does not show appropriate stats for any MLP. Suggest you look elsewhere -either Investor Village or a broker analysis and comparison.