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GENERAL TRENDS AND OUTLOOK

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GENERAL TRENDS AND OUTLOOK

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We expect our business to continue to be affected by the following key trends. Our expectations are based on our assumptions and information currently available to us. To the extent our underlying assumptions about, or interpretations of, available information prove to be incorrect, our actual results may vary materially from our expectations.

Impact of natural gas prices. The recent natural gas price environment has resulted in lower drilling activity, resulting in fewer new well connections and, in some cases, temporary curtailments of production throughout areas in which we operate. A continued low gas price environment may result in further reductions in drilling activity or temporary curtailments of production. We have no control over this activity. In addition, the recent or further decline in commodity prices could affect production rates and the level of capital invested by Anadarko and third parties in the exploration for and development of new natural gas reserves. To the extent opportunities are available, we will continue to connect new wells to our systems to mitigate the impact of natural production declines in order to maintain throughput on our systems. However, our success in connecting new wells to our systems is dependent on activities of natural gas producers and shippers.

Access to capital markets. We require periodic access to capital in order to fund acquisitions and expansion projects. Under the terms of our partnership agreement, we are required to distribute all of our available cash to our unitholders, which makes us dependent upon raising capital to fund growth projects. Historically, master limited partnerships have accessed the public debt and equity capital markets to raise money for new growth projects and acquisitions. Recent market turbulence has from time to time either raised the cost of those public funds or, in some cases, eliminated the availability of these funds to prospective issuers. If we are unable either to access the public capital markets or find alternative sources of capital, our growth strategy may be more challenging to execute.

Impact of interest rates. Interest rates have been volatile in recent periods. If interest rates rise, our future financing costs would increase accordingly. In addition, because our common units are yield-based securities, rising market interest rates could impact the relative attractiveness of our common units to investors, which could limit our ability to raise funds, or increase the cost of raising funds in the capital markets. Though our competitors may face similar circumstances, such an environment could adversely impact our efforts to expand our operations or make future acquisitions.

Rising operating costs and inflation. The high level of natural gas exploration, development and production activities across the U.S. in recent years, and the associated construction of required midstream infrastructure, resulted in an increase in the competition for and cost of personnel and equipment. As a result of the recent decline in commodity prices, we have and will continue to actively work with our suppliers to negotiate cost savings on services and equipment to more accurately reflect the current industry environment. To the extent we are unable to negotiate lower costs, or recover higher costs through escalation provisions provided for in our contracts, our operating results will be adversely impacted.

Acquisition opportunities. As of December 31, 2009, Anadarko’s total domestic midstream asset portfolio, excluding assets we own as of September 30, 2010, consisted of ten gathering systems with an aggregate throughput of approximately 1.6 Bcf/d, and eight processing and/or treating facilities. A key component of our growth strategy is to acquire midstream assets from Anadarko and third parties over time. As of December 31, 2009, Anadarko owns a 2.0% general partner interest in us, all of our IDRs and a 54.8% limited partner interest in us. Given Anadarko’s significant interests in us, we believe Anadarko will benefit from selling additional assets to us over time; however, Anadarko continually evaluates acquisitions and divestitures and may elect to acquire, construct or dispose of midstream assets in the future without offering us the opportunity to acquire or construct those assets. Should Anadarko choose to pursue additional midstream asset sales, it is under no contractual obligation to offer assets or business opportunities to us. We may also pursue certain asset acquisitions from third parties to the extent such acquisitions complement our or Anadarko’s existing asset base or allow us to capture operational efficiencies from Anadarko’s or third-party production. However, if we do not make additional acquisitions from Anadarko or third parties on economically acceptable terms, our future growth will be limited, and the acquisitions we make could reduce, rather than increase, our cash generated from operations on a per-unit basis.




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