An Ugly Week For U.S. Shale

This week was an ugly one for American shale: Several pipeline projects–both those existing and in the works–took severe hits that will have a profound effect on the shale industry going forward, the severity of which cannot be overstated. The first hit was to Energy Transfer Partners’ already in service Dakota Access Pipeline, which a federal judge ordered must be emptied and shut by August 5. So far, ETP is conducting business as usual despite the order and has promised to appeal the decision. But this significant ruling will surely disrupt…