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As the United States largest pipeline company and third-largest energy company, Kinder Morgan (NYSE:KMI) can be a difficult company to analyze. As the general partner of Kinder Morgan Partners (NYSE:KMP) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (NYSE:EPB), owning everything from oil producing assets to coal exportation facilities, traditional metrics do not work when analyzing this midstream giant. Today, energy analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman take a question from their mailbag and look into the Kinder Morgan family of companies. 

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This segment is from Thursday's edition of "Digging for Value," in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy and materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy and materials sectors @TMFEnergy.

Joel South and Taylor Muckerman have no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends El Paso Pipeline Partners L.P. It recommends and owns shares of Kinder Morgan. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.