The company, headquartered in Houston, Texas, was co-founded by Richard Kinder and William Morgan. The company began in 1997 when Kinder and Morgan purchased the liquid pipeline assets of Enron, and now employs many former Enron employees, including former Enron whistleblower Jordan Mintz.
The majority of its pipelines fall under the regulatory oversight of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The company asserts that it is proud of its safety record and follows many regulations and procedures to monitor and ensure the integrity of its pipelines, despite involvement in numerous accidents as outlined below. Interstate natural gas pipelines are subject to the rate and facility regulation of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under the Natural Gas Act.