Midstream energy industry braces for key bankruptcy court ruling at 2:30pm est

The $500 billion midstream sector is bracing on Tuesday for a ruling from a U.S. bankruptcy judge that could determine if energy producers can use Chapter 11 to shed contracts with pipeline operators for transporting oil and natural gas.U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman in Manhattan will read her ruling at 2:30 pm ET on a request by Houston-based Sabine Oil & Gas Corp to reject a contract with an affiliate of Cheniere Energy Inc to gather and process natural gas in Texas.Chapman’s ruling will be the first major test for using Chapter 11 to shed the contracts, which were seen as a way to protect the midstream industry from the volatility of energy prices.Underpinned by the stability offered by the capacity contracts, many midstream companies organized as high-yielding master limited partnerships favored by income-seeking investors.

Source: Midstream energy industry braces for key bankruptcy court ruling | Reuters

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