Energy Transfer Partners

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Energy Transfer LP
Company typeDelaware-domiciled master limited partnership
IndustryPetroleum industry
Founded1996; 28 years ago (1996)
FounderKelcy Warren
Ray Davis
HeadquartersDallas, Texas, U.S.
Key people
Kelcy Warren,Chairman
Thomas E. Long, Co-CEO
Marshall S. (Mackie) McCrea III, Co-CEO
Bradford D. Whitehurst, CFO
Rick Perry, Director
ProductsPipeline transport
RevenueDecrease $38.954 billion (2020)
Decrease -$647 million (2020)
Total assetsDecrease $95.144 billion (2020)
Total equityDecrease $31.388 billion (2020)
Number of employees
11,421 (2020)
Lake Charles LNG
Footnotes / references

Energy Transfer LP is an American company engaged in the pipeline transportation, storage, and terminaling for natural gas, crude oil, NGLs, refined products and liquid natural gas. It is organized under Delaware state laws and headquartered in Dallas, Texas. It was founded in 1996 by Ray Davis and Kelcy Warren, who remains Executive Chairman.[2][3]

As of 2023, the company owns or operates more than 125,000 miles (201,000 km) of pipelines throughout the U.S., making it one of the largest midstream companies in the country.[4] It is also one of the largest exporters of NGLs in the world.[5]

Business structure[edit]

Energy Transfer owns controlling interests in Sunoco LP. It also owns 100% of Sunoco Logistics Partners Operations L.P., 46% non-economic general partner interest in USA Compression Partners L.P., and 100% of Lake Charles LNG which consists of an LNG import terminal and regasification facility near Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Energy Transfer's natural gas business includes nearly 90,000 miles (140,000 km) of natural gas transportation pipelines that receive natural gas from other mainline transportation pipelines, storage facilities and gathering systems and deliver the natural gas to industrial end-users, storage facilities, utilities and other pipelines.

Energy Transfer owns:

As of 2022, it controlled 11,600 miles of pipelines and two storage facilities in the state of Texas.[6]


The company was founded by Kelcy Warren and Ray Davis in 1996.[2] In 2011, Energy Transfer and Regency Energy Partners formed a joint venture to purchase midstream assets from Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy for $2 billion,[7] now known as Castleton Commodities International.[8]

In October 2012, Sunoco, Inc., became a wholly owned subsidiary of the company. It acquired the general partner interests, 100% of the incentive distribution rights, and a 32.4% limited partnership interest in Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P., which operates a geographically diverse portfolio of crude oil and refined products pipelines, terminating and crude oil acquisition and marketing assets.[1] The same year it acquired Southern Union Company which added more than 20,000 miles of gathering and transportation pipeline to its portfolio.

In August 2014, the company acquired Susser Holdings Corporation, which operated Stripes Convenience Stores, a chain of 580 stores located in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, which were re-branded under the Sunoco and A-Plus names.[9]

In January 2015, the company acquired Regency Energy Partners for $11 billion.[10]

In October 2018, Energy Transfer Equity completed its acquisition of Energy Transfer Partners, simplifying the partnership as one operating entity known as Energy Transfer LP.[11] In September 2019, the company acquired SemGroup for $5 billion.[12] In January 2020, former Energy Secretary Rick Perry rejoined the company's board.[13]

In August 2023, it was announced Energy Transfer had signed a definitive agreement to acquire its Houston-headquartered rival, Crestwood Equity Partners for approximately $7.1 billion.[14]

Dakota Access Pipeline[edit]

Dakota Access, LLC is owned 36.4% by the company[1] and built the Bakken pipeline, also known as the Dakota Access Pipeline.[15][16] In April 2016, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Department of the Interior, and Advisory Council on Historic Preservation requested a full Environmental Impact Statement of the pipeline.[17] In July 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe filed an injunction against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop building the pipeline.[18][19] A group of young activists from Standing Rock ran from North Dakota to Washington, D.C. to present a petition in protest of the construction of the pipeline and launched an international campaign called ReZpect Our Water.[20] In October 2016, Dakota Access Pipeline protests erupted at a construction site near the Cannonball River in North Dakota, resulting in the arrest of hundreds and the use of force by a private security company, North Dakota State and county police, and the North Dakota National Guard[21].[22]

In August 2017, Energy Transfer sued environmental groups Greenpeace USA, BankTrack and Earth First! under the Patriot Act.[23] Energy Transfer accused these activists of attempting to profit via eco-terrorism.[24] Banktrack responded that the case is a strategic lawsuit against public participation without merit and that it is legal to inform the public and banks about projects with 'actual negative social, environmental and human rights impacts.'[25] In 2019 a federal court in North Dakota dismissed the racketeering and defamation lawsuit filed by Energy Transfer Partners LP, the builder of the 1,000-mile Dakota Access Pipeline, against Greenpeace USA, EarthFirst and BankTrack for their pipeline protests.[21] The lawsuit alleged Greenpeace USA misled the public with false claims about the Standing Rock Sioux tribes' sacred sites and the likelihood the pipeline would contaminate the Missouri River in North Dakota. In contrast, a 2018 Greenpeace report said Energy Transfer pipelines and those owned by the company's subsidiaries "spilled over 500 times in the last decade."[26]


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  7. ^ "Energy Transfer Partners and Regency Energy Partners Enter into Agreement to Acquire Midstream Assets from Louis Dreyfus Highbridge Energy for Approximately $1.925 Billion". Business Wire (Press release). March 22, 2011.
  8. ^ Mason, Josephine; Craft, Diane (11 May 2015). "TIMELINE-Castleton: From Louis Dreyfus energy arm to commodities powerhouse". Reuters.
  9. ^ "Energy Transfer Partners and Susser Holdings Announce Successful Completion of Merger". Business Wire (Press release). August 29, 2014.
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  15. ^ O'Connell, Patrick M. (January 4, 2018). "Dakota Access pipeline a mix of angst, potential for those near central Illinois tank farm". Chicago Tribune.
  16. ^ Petroski, William (25 August 2014). "Should farmers make way for the Bakken pipeline?". Iowa City Press-Citizen.
  17. ^ "Dakota Access Pipeline: Three Federal Agencies Side With Standing Rock Sioux, Demand Review". Indian Country Today Media Network. 28 April 2016. Archived from the original on 4 September 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  18. ^ "Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief" (PDF) (1:16-cv-01534-Document 1). United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 27 July 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  19. ^ "Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Memorandum in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction Expedited Hearing Requested" (PDF) (1:16-cv-1534-JEB). United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 4 August 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  20. ^ Amundson, Barry (29 July 2016). "Standing Rock tribe sues over Dakota Access pipeline permits". Grand Forks Herald. Archived from the original on 3 November 2016. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  21. ^ a b "U.S. court dismisses Energy Transfer Partners lawsuit against Greenpeace". Reuters. 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2022-05-01.
  22. ^ Tolan, Sandy (October 28, 2016). "North Dakota pipeline activists say arrested protesters were kept in dog kennels". Los Angeles Times.
  23. ^ Volcovici, Valerie (August 22, 2017). "Energy Transfer sues Greenpeace over Dakota pipeline". Reuters.
  24. ^ Harris, Andrew M.; Loh, Tim (August 22, 2017). "Energy Transfer Suit Claims Greenpeace Incites Eco-Terrorism". Bloomberg News.
  25. ^ "BankTrack statement on Dakota Access Pipeline lawsuit filed by ETP/ETE". BankTrack.
  26. ^ "'They're billin' us for killin' us': activists fight Dakota pipeline's final stretch". the Guardian. 2018-10-17. Retrieved 2022-05-01.

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